No one thought they would be here. The Texas Rangers weren’t supposed to be this close to a playoff spot. In fact, no one was supposed to care about Rangers’ baseball in late September.
But, as I always say, you can’t play the game on paper.
It is late September and fans in Dallas/Ft Worth do and can care about baseball. However, after three straight losses, the feeling has changed from absolutely jubilation to one of fear and anxiety because the four and a half game lead that Texas had just a week ago is down to just a game and a half over the fast closing Houston Astros, not to mention what the Los Angeles Angels are doing to close their own gap.
This isn’t the time for the Rangers to fall from the momentum that got them to this point. Now is the time for their veteran leadership to step forward and make sure that lead doesn’t completely vanish.
It’s time for the Texas Rangers to finish the job and win the AL West division.
The biggest concern, however, is the lack of strong starting pitching behind Tuesday night’s starter, Cole Hamels. Derek Holland has struggled his last three to four starts, Colby Lewis wasn’t good at all on Monday night at home against the Detroit Tigers, and Yovani Gallardo has been hit and miss throughout the second half. While he’s come up with a big start here and there it’s not nearly consistent enough to be trusted in a big game, especially with less than two weeks to go.
But those guys need to step up. They need to come up big. This team needs them to do exactly that if they’re going to do the one thing fans here need them to do.
Close the deal.