Rangers right back where they started
So 12 days later they welcome the Minnesota Twins to town and where do they sit? 8 games up in the AL West.
Despite a struggling road trip and injuries, the Rangers managed to tread water and keep their lead, still the largest in the major leagues. Clearly, the Rangers need to play better baseball down the stretch with the A's and Angels -- both tied for second -- in position to pounce (though that hasn't happened yet). Not to mention that better play is needed for a good playoff run. But this is a reminder that it takes a combination of a rough stretch and great play by one or both of the teams behind Texas to tighten this race up considerably. So far, the Rangers have managed to do just enough to stay where they're at and the Angels and A's haven't put together the extended winning streak needed to close the gap. That, of course, could change at any time. We'll see whta happens during a tough homestand this week with four against the Twins and three against the A's.
Later this morning, we'll look at some numbers involving the Twins, whom the Rangers face in seven of their next 13 games.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.