The Texas Rangers are the yoyo of the 2013 MLB postseason picture. Just a little over one month ago they were first place in the American League West trying to fight off the Oakland Athletics. A little after that they were out of the race for the west and in the wildcard hunt. Shortly they fell out of the wildcard race completely. Now they have fought their way back into a tie for the second wildcard spot with one game to play. It is astounding that they were able to fight back after such a collapse.
What does that mean for the playoff picture? For my money it means that everyone involved should pray that the Rangers get beaten tomorrow and the Tampa Bay Rays win. If this team gets into the playoffs they will be tough to beat. That all depends on Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels. For the Rangers, having Yu Darvish going would most certainly seem to be the best case scenario.
That might not be the case. Darvish has been said to be battling something and it shows in his last two struggling starts. Struggling for Darvish is still pretty good of course but it bears watching just the same. It would seem to be a bitter irony if the Rangers best pitcher all season long wasn’t able to clinch a playoff berth because of an unspoken injury. One thing for sure is that the baseball world, especially those involved in the postseason, will be watching.