This Weekend is all about our beloved Texas Rangers. As well it should be. Frankly, they are the only Dallas market team with a better than average chance at a postseason anyway. So why not dedicate the weekend to watching the Rangers and giving them the respect they deserve?
The Cowboys are officially between the preseason and the regular season. With the first game regular season game scheduled for September 8th, Cowboys fans can dedicate their hearts and minds to the Rangers one last time. FC Dallas isn’t even competing for viewership as they also have the weekend off. No NBA or NHL action right now either. OK, College Football begins this weekend and you can bet I’ll be happily channel surfing through those games on Saturday. But the reality is, week 1 in College Football is usually all easy matchups and not real games anyway.
So really when you look at it. This weekend is all about the Rangers.
This Labor Day Weekend the Rangers host The Minnesota Twins in a three game series beginning tonight. The Twins are roughly 19 games out of first in the AL Central. It’s safe to say they are just playing for pride at this point. That doesn’t mean they are harmless because they have the ability to give Texas a run for the money if they are underestimated. The Rangers need to focus on this series first and not look ahead to the next series on the horizon.
What series is that?
A 3 game series against the Oakland A’s of course.
See how easy it is to look past the Twins? I’m doing it right now. I’m thinking how the A’s will only be 2-3 games back when they meet. I’m thinking that Holland, Perez, and Darvish will most likely be pitching in Oakland. How that series will either catapult the Rangers comfortably ahead or squeeze them uncomfortably close in the AL West race. It gets me excited and nervous just thinking about it!
There I go looking past the Twins. I should be thinking about how critical the Twins series is to setting the tone and momentum this week. About how a sweep one way or the other could put infinitely more or less pressure on the Oakland series. It’s not like we’re going to see poor pitching this weekend after all. We see Darvish tonight and Garza tomorrow. We even get to assess Blackley again and see if he’s the answer at the 5th spot in the rotation. See? This weekend is awfully important for the Rangers. Just don’t look past it because the intensity is starting to really pick up.
Vs. Minnesota 8:05pm
Vs. Minnesota 8:05pm
Vs. Minnesota 3:05pm
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