Think maybe now the Texas Rangers will snap out of it?
The two-time defending American League champions have been mostly sleepwalking since the first two weeks of the season. They're a mere 43-40 since June 30. And on Wednesday afternoon, they got what they deserved.
A 12-5 loss to the Oakland Athletics in a winner-take-all game for the AL West title. A ticket to the wild-card game rather than an immediate spot in the best-of-five division series, which is reserved for, you know, division champions.
Many fans sympathized with the Rangers after their crushing seven-game defeat in last year's World Series. Few will sympathize with them for blowing a 13-game lead to an Oakland team with less than half of their near-$130 million payroll -- a team, in fact, with the lowest payroll in the American League.
If the Rangers' next sorry act is to lose at home to Baltimore in Friday's wild-card game, we'll be talking about them as this year's Boston Red Sox, minus --...