The Texas Rangers needed some help to be able to clinch the division Wednesday night versus the Angels and they didn’t get that help. For some strange reason the Houston Astros could not cooperate and lose their game against the Athletics so the Rangers will have to wait another day to clinch the division.
Obviously the Texas Rangers would have loved to clinch the division while in front of their home crowd. Instead they may actually end up clinching the division while at dinner Thursday night a day before their series against the Athletics.
Having the chance to clinch at home is something that the Rangers were not in control of but what they can control is the opportunity to get their magic number down to 1. The Texas Rangers would need to beat Jared Weaver and the Angels in order to have the chance to clinch while on an off day.
So the win has to happen Wednesday and the Astros would need to lose on Thursday for this situation to happen. It will be a little awkward clinching the division during an off day but we all know it is going to happen sooner or later.
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As it sits right now the Rangers are working on a comeback win against those Angels, which really wouldn’t be anything new. Let me beat that drum again by mentioning they have, what would be an MLB season record win percentage wise, 36-10 record in one run games. They also have 47 come-from-behind wins which is just ridiculous but hey, I’m not mad about it.
The Texas Rangers bullpen currently has 39 wins which is a franchise record and they are only 2 wins away from matching the MLB record. Let me continue by informing you that they have over 90 wins which is the 7th time in franchise history that has happened, 4th time since 2010.
Now of course the Rangers can add to these stats if they were to win this game with the bullpen, coming back, and why not call a walk off too. Not clinching the division at home is unfortunate but I am more looking forward to clinching home field advantage at home through the upcoming games, that would still be sweet as well.