The Texas Rangers now sit on top of the A.L. with a commanding 1.5 game lead on the Boston Redsox and 2.5 games over the Cleveland Indians. Understand that there are only 3 games left of the Rangers and they own the tie breaker on both of those mentioned teams, it’s basically a lock.
In the Texas Rangers case it is amazing how quickly storylines can change at this point in the MLB season just after a few games. Just 2 games ago we were talking about the surging Redsox who had won 11 straight and taken a .5 game lead on the Rangers and it also looked like they would end up with the tie-breaker. But a couple of big games from the New York Yankees turned that narrative around quite quickly.
The Redsox won their division in a night where they lost due to a walk-off grand slam by former Ranger Mark Teixiera (his first walk-off homer of his career). Clinching your division on a day when you lost, they still had champagne showers in the clubhouse, weird I know. This party most likely means that their “b” squad will take the field tomorrow and possibly ensure another loss for them. Now the Texas Rangers did not lose with their “b” squad the game after celebrating, but the Cleveland Indians did.
The Cleveland Indians also lost on Wednesday to the Detroit Tigers who are fighting for a wildcard spot now being just 1 game behind the Baltimore Orioles. The Indians can’t fall past the 3 seed position and will face whoever is the 2 seed, most likely Boston. Meaning that the Texas Rangers should face whoever wins the wildcard 1 game playoff.
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Those teams fighting for that spot are the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, and the Detroit Tigers. Toronto has 1 more game against the Orioles and then 3 games against Boston to finish the season. The Orioles have one game against Toronto and then 3 games against the Yankees. Finally the Tigers have 1 game against Cleveland and then 3 games against the Braves.
None of these teams have an easy series to finish the season, yes even the Braves will be a tough team to play right now. They have won 9 out of their last 10 games, surprising I know. The Texas Rangers were a combined 11-9 against those wildcard teams this year.
At this point with the way the Rangers are playing, I don’t think they are looking for an easy or hard route but they are confident that whoever they play will have the difficult route. This team seems to have everything falling in place at the right time and that even means reinforcements too.
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