Texas Rangers: What Will It Take To Make The Playoffs?

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 15: (L-R) Mike Napoli
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 15: (L-R) Mike Napoli /

The Texas Rangers wrap up their series in Atlanta are heading back home to Arlington. The Rangers have now won three straight series. The Rangers are 6-3 in their last nine games. With a 70-69 record, they’re definitely out of contention as far as winning the American League West goes. As far as a playoff spot goes, it’s a shot in the dark, but still possible.

The Texas Rangers have 23 games remaining. The Rangers remain 2.0 games behind a Wildcard spot. As said earlier, a shot in the dark, but a playoff berth is still a possibility.

In their last three series, the Rangers have squared off against the Angels and Astros, both of which are ahead of the Rangers. Winning those series really brought momentum to the ball club. Now the third series was against a bad Atlanta Braves team, but regardless, they won the series and winning a series always helps.

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The Rangers are off on Thursday. On Friday, the New York Yankees will be in town. The Yankees are +2.5 games ahead in the American League wild card standings. Of course, the Rangers winning this series will certainly change things.

The Texas Rangers currently lead the league in home runs with 217 and are tied for third in runs scored with 717. However, they’re 27th in hits and sixth in strikeouts.

Texas’ pitching is last in the league in strikeouts with 953. Fielding is third in the league in double plays.

With only 23 games left, the Rangers need to do their best win as much as they can. It’s unlikely they’ll go 23-0, but they have to avoid losing at all costs. Furthermore, the Rangers want to win their fourth straight series. Luckily, they’ll be playing the Angels again within these 23 games. The Angels are currently ahead of the Rangers in the wild card standings, so if the Rangers can win their final series against the Angels, it’ll be quite helpful.

The Rangers need to avoid falling to under .500 again. They need to find a way to win the rest of their series.