Remember the days when the Texas Rangers had a distinct homefield advantage in their home ballpark, back when balls flew out in the jet stream and gave the Rangers' power-heavy, left-handed lineup a huge advantage? Well, those days are gone.
You need to look no further for evidence than the Rangers' home record this season as compared to their road record.
The suddenly resurgent Rangers are coming off a May in which they were arguably the hottest team in the league, and definitely in the American League as they were rivaled only by the perhaps even more surprising Minnesota Twins. But how the Rangers have done it is a bit odd.
Look at the team's road record — it's a horrific 9-14. That's right, the Rangers are two months into the season, and they've won nine games at home, and that includes their last three games over the weekend — their first home series win of the year. That is the second-worst home record in the AL, and right there with the Brewers and Rockies in the NL, who are slightly worse.
On the flip side, the Rangers have been road warriors, which is truly the sign of a good baseball team. They're sporting a road record of 17-11 — the best road record in all of baseball.
It's pretty perplexing to see, and if the Rangers can start to turn things around in their home park, they might actually surprise some folks who wrote them off for dead a month ago.