Rangers' upcoming series vs Angels is their most important of 2024 season

Los Angeles Angels v Texas Rangers
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After just their third series sweep of the season this weekend, the Texas Rangers travel to Anaheim to take on the fourth-place Angels. With such a competitive league in 2024, there are only as much as 4-5 teams that are completely out of the picture — one of which is the Los Angeles Angels. That's why this is the Rangers' most important series of the year.

The Rangers, Astros, and Mariners have all had the perfect opportunity to run away with this division all season. However, no team has taken advantage of their struggling counterparts. This has resulted in all three teams being within six games of each other here in early July.

That being said, if the Rangers want any chance at October play, they have to sweep this series to not head into the trade deadline as sellers. Not only is Anaheim already a very sub-par team, but Texas is also avoiding the likes of Tyler Anderson and Jose Soriano, both of whom have been their best starters.

Not to put too much pressure on this series, but if the Rangers fail to swepe the Angels, Texas will most certainly begin to ship off pieces one by one in hopes of a brighter future. They need to gain as much ground as possible, and anything short of three straight wins would feel empty. As for losing the series? It just would make no sense to continue to roster some of the more expensive short-term contracts on the team if that were to happen.

Players like Max Scherzer, Michael Lorenzen, Nathan Eovaldi, David Robertson, Kirby Yates, and more are all names that would likely not make it to the end of the season if Texas cannot find a way to go on a semblance of a run.

The Astros are playing the Marlins at home and the Mariners are playing the Padres on the road, both starting Tuesday. So the two Texas teams have a chance to gain some serious ground on the division-leading Mariners.

We'll just have to wait and see what Texas does with this huge opportunity but it is good to feel some hope once again that the Rangers could be playing October baseball.