What?! A Texas Rangers beat reporter just said he was glad that the Rangers lost? What kind of article is this? Well maybe I gotcha with that title, I was rooting for the Rangers Wednesday night but I am okay with them losing and here is why.
If the Texas Rangers would have won then they would have had to have the Houston Astros lose on an off day, which they did, and that would have clinched the division for the Rangers. That just doesn’t seem like the right line for the exciting script that the Rangers have been following this year. Instead, the Rangers will go into a series against the Oakland A’s with the opportunity to clinch the division with a win.
That is the script that I want, not only are they going to have the opportunity to clinch with a win; but also Cole Hamels will have a chance to be the starting pitcher to clinch for the Rangers 2 years in a row. That would be special and if he was to have a great outing and record a win with the way he has been playing lately.
We all know that the Texas Rangers will be clinching the division at some point and it is really just a matter of time. The more important clinching that I am focused on is home field advantage. In that race we are currently up only half a game on the Cleveland Indians (really its more like a full game because we own the tie breaker, but still).
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Just behind the Cleveland Indians are the Boston Red Sox who have won 8 games in a row and look to be a dominate offense to face in the playoffs. I would like to face whoever comes out of the wildcard playoff game then the Red Sox. That wildcard race is starting to heat up too as 2 teams are tied for the last spot and 3 other teams are within 2.5 games. It is ridiculous how close the end of this year is but it is also awesome!
To wrap things up, I just wanted to clinch with a win and not on an off day where it is awkward for fans and players alike. As fans, I think you would appreciate this opportunity too, but know that it is not the end goal. Clinching the division is just a step along the way to a World Series Championship which is where this team wants and deserves to be.