Texas Rangers Have Postseason Chance Thanks to Houston Astros

By Greg Higgins
Ian Kinsler
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It seems like the only thing the Texas Rangers needed to break out of their slump they’ve been in is a date with the Houston Astros. It’s hard to imagine that less than a month ago, we were talking about the Rangers as one of the hottest teams in baseball after Texas finished August with a 20-7 record.

However, something happened when the calendar hit September. Before the series with Houston, the Rangers were 5-15 in September, including a seven-game losing streak in the middle of the month.

Yu Darvish started two games in which the team lost 1-0. He’s had four 1-0 losses this season. However, the Rangers have owned the Astros this season. Houston won the first meeting on opening night against Texas, but the Rangers have won 16 of the last 17, including 10 in a row.

This domination is one of the main reasons the Rangers are in the Wild Card hunt right now. While the Rangers are 16-2 against Houston this season, they are only 70-69 against everyone else. The fact that Houston has triple digits in the loss column shows how bad this team really is.

For Texas fans to believe the Rangers have a legitimate shot at doing anything this season is a little bit far-fetched. Texas has had some gaping holes throughout the entire season. The offense has struggled at times after losing Josh Hamilton during the offseason, not to mention the suspension of Nelson Cruz for 50 games.

The addition of Alex Rios was nice, but eventually you had to know the weaknesses of this team were going to come through. Perhaps Texas fans should just realize that even if they do make the postseason somehow, it’ll probably be a quick exit.

Greg Higgins is a MLB contributor for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @greghiggins457 and like him on Facebook.


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