Rangers' Biggest Early Season Surprises and Disappointments

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Rangers' Biggest Early Season Surprises and Disappointments
MIKE CARLSON

The Rangers' 2014 season is off to a pretty rough start. There a few things going right for the team, but many, more serious things going wrong. As a result, they are 6-7 after their first 13 contests.

As banged up as Texas was coming out of spring training, it wasn't realistic to expect them to be much better than that in the season's first two weeks. An extremely optimistic prediction for them might have been 8-5. 

Between everything that's going wrong—spotty pitching in the rotation and more so in the bullpen, more key players heading to the DL, the offense sputtering and playing a relatively tough schedule in the first couple weeks—the Rangers might be lucky to be 6-7. 

The goal for them is to just survive April without getting buried in the division. The cavalry is on the way, with reinforcements returning to the lineup, rotation and pen by mid June, when Texas should be at full strength. 

With all that said, here are some of the Rangers' biggest early season surprises and disappointments. I'll start with the disappointments and move into the surprises in the second half of the slideshow.

 

**All stats courtesy of Baseball-reference.com 

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