Playing in the loser’s bracket is so much easier.
Not to take anything away from what the Rangers have done this past week, winning six out of seven to claw back to .500, but there are two divisions in the American League. The elite teams and the also-rans.
The Rangers are the kings of the also-rans. And that’s not a bad place to be. I’d rather be king of something than king of nothing.
This situation allows the team to learn how to win. The fans can watch some fun baseball. And we can all dream of the day when the Rangers get to sit at the adult table.
The Rangers next eighteen games are against anemic teams like the Angels (three games), the Royals (four games), the Athletics (four games), the Mariners (four games) and the Triple-A Orioles (three games.)
The don’t play another good team until four games in Boston on June 10, then not again until three games in Tampa Bay on June 28.
The only thing stopping the Rangers is an airplane. They eventually have to go on the road.
But the schedule is favoring the Rangers. The quality of competition is favoring the Rangers.
A win is a win. And these Rangers are playing winning baseball.
It’s easy to get caught up in what if. It’s easy to get caught up in what will be.
All we can do is get swept up into what is. And what is is a heck of a lot more fun that what’s been around these parts for a long time.
Marco Gonzalez (5-3, 3.65) vs. Jesse Chavez (0-1, 5.25)
Game time: 1:05