Coming into the weekend series with the Minnesota Twins, the Texas Rangers had a three-game lead in the division over the Oakland Athletics. The Rangers were looking to either add to the lead or maintain the current lead before heading into Oakland on Monday for a pivotal three-game series.
This task didn’t seem to daunting on Friday when you look at the fact that Texas was sending both Yu Darvish and Matt Garza to the mound during the series. Also, the Twins had lost five games in a row coming into the series with the Rangers. Mix all of that with the fact that Oakland was playing a series against the Tampa Bay Rays, and things looked good for the Rangers.
However, here we are on Sunday and the Rangers somehow lost two games to the A’s in the standings. The Rangers needed a walk-off single on Saturday night to salvage one game in the series while Oakland swept the Rays. Despite putting together an amazing month of August, the Rangers ended the month on a bit of a sour note.
The Rangers don’t have much time to dwell on the series loss to the Twins as they begin September with a critical matchup against their rivals in Oakland. The good thing for the Rangers is this year they are 8-5 against the A’s and have only lost one series out of four.
If the Rangers are going to right the ship, they are going to need Derek Holland to get it going in that direction starting Monday afternoon. Holland is 9-6 but has had pitched in some critical situations all year long for the Rangers. If they lose Monday, it could be a long series because Bartolo Colon will be gunning for his 15th win on Tuesday.
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