The Sunday Read: Rangers, despite woes, have what all teams want in September
(AP photo/Tony Gutierrez)
ARLINGTON — Rangers baseball isn’t a ton of fun right now, and trends suggest that the final month of the season won’t be as an enjoyable as fans were anticipating only a few weeks ago.
The Rangers are losing their grip on what would be the club’s first postseason berth in seven years.
However, September baseball is fun when the games mean something, and the Rangers are playing meaningful games in the final month of a season for the first time in 2016.
They had a fairly easy month then en route to a second straight American League West crown, posting the league’s best record. They charged to the division title over the final month of 2015, but September wasn’t without its tense moments right until the season finale.
These Rangers came into the final month with a hefty dose of tension based on the way they finished August, losing 10 of the final 13 games to fall from first place to third.
They are 0-for-September, albeit only two games.
The Rangers are two games behind the first-place Mariners and clinging to the final wild-card spot by 1 1/2 games over the Blue Jays.
But this is September, and the Rangers in the hunt.
“There’s no place I’d rather be,” manager Bruce Bochy said.