Texas Rangers: Regarding Texas’ Sweeping Victory

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 21: Elvis Andrus
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 21: Elvis Andrus /

The Texas Rangers wrap up their meetings with the Seattle Mariners. Though finishing 2017 8-11 against Seattle, Texas wrapped it up by sweeping them. The Rangers now find themselves in second place in the American League West standings. However, they remain 2.5 games back in the wild-card standings.

The Texas Rangers remain 2.5 games back due to the Minnesota Twins’ victory against Detroit. The only way Texas would have a chance to secure a spot would be for Minnesota to go on a losing streak while the Rangers continues their winning streak.

Due to the Angels also being 2.5 games back, the Rangers would also need the Angels to continue to lose. While Texas has won four straight, the Angels have lost four straight. Indeed, the Rangers’ chance to making the playoffs is a long shot in the dark due because there are ten games left. Regardless, the Rangers need to continue putting forth the effort to win. Pride truly matters.

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The Rangers looked nothing like the team that was humiliated by Seattle at home last week, going 1-4 in that series, getting outscored 31-13. On the contrary, they were a different team. Though they didn’t score many runs, the pitching and defense certainly played a heck of a series. Prior to this series, Texas was over 5.0 games back in the wild-card standings and now they’re 2.5 games.

Perhaps the Rangers have decided that whether they’re playing for pride or for a spot in the playoffs, there’s no excuse for putting an effort to finish their season the best way possible. It seems as no matter what, they want to wrap up their 2017 season with their heads up.

If somehow the Rangers go 10-0 in their last ten and miss the playoffs, then the Rangers can at least be proud of their hard-fought finish. They can at least be proud to say, “We never ever quit.”