The good, the bad and the ugly from the Rangers 1st half

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ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 04: Yu Darvish (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 04: Yu Darvish (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images) /
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The second half of the season is upon us. Before it starts let’s relive the roller-coaster ride that was the first half of the season.

It always seems to amaze me how fast the baseball season flies by. It was only four months ago we were excited at the prospect of a full season of Jonathan Lucroy and the return of Mike Napoli.

We were excited to finally see the breakout of Jurickson Profar and a bullpen that on paper, looked like one of the best cohesive units in the league.

It also never ceases to amaze me how unpredictable baseball can be.

Heading into the All-Star break, the Texas Rangers find themselves 43-45 and 16.5 games behind the first place Houston Astros. The hopes of a three-peat in the American League West all but erased.

However, thanks to an apparent sheer lack of good teams in the American League, the Rangers find themselves only three games back of the second Wildcard. A small margin to make up with just under 80 games left on the schedule.

Before the second half (and what could be a very busy trade deadline) kicks off, let’s look at the good, the bad and the ugly from the first half of 2017.

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