How's this for an opener this morning:
ESPN.com's David Schoenfield writes "As Rangers fold, time for Washington to go"
It was a team with flaws. And a team with flaws can't win if its manager is making decisions that hurt its chances of winning. The Rangers have seven games remaining. I suspect they'll be the final seven games Washington manages for the Rangers.
From T.R. Sullivan's game story of the Rangers' 4-0 10th inning gut-punch loss to the Kansas City Royals yesterday:
"We just have to play out the string," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.
Don't worry, Wash. I think it's pretty obvious that your Rangers are playing out the string.
Todd Wills offers the Rapid Reaction to not only the latest September loss for the Rangers, but also to the Rangers' 2013 season hanging on the tear-slicked precipice of our dashed hopes and dreams.
Jeff Wilson's recap concludes with Elvis Andrus saying that the Rangers have to just go out there and win the final seven games of the season. I can't quit you, Elvis.
Evan Grant calls yesterday the worst loss of the season which makes sense when you realize it was the loss that gave the Oakland A's the 2013 AL West Championship.
Wills writes that, with a week remaining, there's no margin for error left for these 2013 Rangers. To which I'd remark that a too small margin for error has been the crux of this entire season.
USA Today's Bob Nightengale catches up with the suspended Nelson Cruz who can only sit back and watch in horror, along with the rest of us, as the Rangers circle the drain.
Sullivan's Notebook covers the Rangers' inexplicable mediocre play at home this year, some history for Joe Nathan as he reaches the 40-save plateau in 2013, and other notes.
Wilson has notes on Adrian Beltre's September slump, Craig Gentry's mini-hot streak, the home field malaise, and a few other items.
MLB.com's Spencer Fordin previews tonight's homestand finale opener against the Houston Astros as the Rangers enter the Must Win Zone.
Finally, we remember the good times: