Sep 10, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin (2) hits a broken bat single against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Pirates won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Are the Texas Rangers Done or Can They Still Win the Division?

I hate to say it but smart money says this team is done. It’s the AL West or nothing here in Texas. Don’t talk to me about Wild Card either. We know how fluky that mess is. Less than a month ago I would have put money on the Rangers’ AL West chances, but now…

This isn’t a matter of jumping on or off a bandwagon. This isn’t a matter of being a prisoner of the moment either. The situation is fairly cut and dry. The Rangers are 2 games back and only have 18 games left and they play against some real teams. As for the division leading A’s – their schedule is a bit easier.

The Rangers needed to build a division lead in August and carry over through Labor Day Week. That was the key to the season. They needed to sweep the Twins, who they faced before the crucial A’s series, and then win the A’s series. That would provide enough padding as they entered the final stretch. Instead, they lost the Twins series and the Oakland series. This destroyed their cushion and placed a ton of pressure on the team. Since then, the team has been unable to deal with that pressure.

The Rangers lost the Angles series and now have lost the Pirates series. And it doesn’t get any easier as the Rangers soon face Oakland and Tampa Bay in the next week. The Rangers will close against the Angels again and Houston again so they could, very realistically, turn this around.

I just don’t see it.

The key to their survival is winning the next 2 series against the A’s and the Rays. Just win 2 of 3 in each series and they are back in the division hunt.

But like I said, smart money says don’t bet on it.

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