The mid-summer classic is behind us, and ready or not, the Texas Rangers are about to embark on a two-and-a-half-month push to the end of the regular season as they fight for a spot in the 2023 playoffs. The first half (91 games actually) has been quite the ride.
From a team that won only 68 games last season, to one leading the AL West at the All-Star break, there have been some interesting, and downright shocking, numbers and statistics to go along with the opening act. Most are positive, with a few that are not so hot. Let's take a look at some of those team numbers from the Texas Rangers' first half of the season.
Days in first place: 105
The Rangers have been in first place in the AL West for 105 days this season. Before the season started, it was unclear if Texas would be able to remain in playoff contention for 105 days at this point, much less be leading the division. The lead has been up to 6.6 games and down to 1 game, but it never gets old looking at the standings and seeing the Rangers perched on top. For 105 days this year, that is exactly where the Rangers have been.
Days under .500: 0
During the last six seasons, the Rangers have been under .500 a lot of the time. Thanks to an opening weekend series sweep of the Philidelphia Phillies to start the year, this Rangers team has yet to be under .500 at any point in the season. At the break the Rangers are 13 games above .500 and have been as much as 20 games above. To have spent zero days under .500 in 2023 is a true testament to the turnaround that is happening in Arlington.
Next: run diff, stolen bases, and doubles