The 2013 Rangers' season was a cornucopia of disappointment
Finally, we come to the 2013 season and the Rangers were coming off some of the more brutal chokes seen from any team the previous two seasons. However, the 2013 season is a bit different as the Rangers were never in a particularly dominant position.
Texas did have a lead in the division late in the season yet again, but the race was tight as they had just a two game lead over Oakland at the end of August. However, a brutal stretch in September saw that lead evaporate and Oakland take a commanding lead in the division and the Rangers' hopes turned to the wild card race.
However, the Rangers were SO bad in September that they ended up having to play a tiebreaking game 163 against the Rays to even have a shot at the last wild card spot. Such games had been exceedingly rare in baseball history and Texas went down in the history books in the worst way as they lost that game 5-2 and the Rangers failed to make it to the playoffs for the first time in years. The Rays would end up winning the one game wild card playoff before dropping to Red Sox in the ALDS.
There are some similarities to the 2023 season here as well as the Rangers' 2013 season also died a slow and painful death. Time will tell how closely the seasons will compare as there is still a lot of baseball left to be played this season. One thing is certain, though: it is clear that Rangers fans know better than most the pain of watching their team fold late in the season.