Good morning. The Rangers finished the 2016 regular season with a record of 47-29 against the American League West. The Rangers won the season series with every other team in their division. However, in classic 2016 Rangers style, the combined score of the final game between the Rangers and each of their AL West rivals was 26-12, all losses.
Levi Weaver recaps yesterday's 7-1 lo... *yawn*...
Jeff Wilson reacts to the finale loss to the A's but mostly reacts to how Adrian Beltre keeps coming for the best ever.
Evan Grant writes that Jeff Banister still trusts Colby Lewis and Colby himself said he physically felt great yesterday.
As T.R. Sullivan notes, however, Colby allowed seven runs in 1 1/3 innings, so, you know, that's not good.
Grant writes about the untimely death of Jose Fernandez with quotes from various Rangers who knew him. By all accounts, Fernandez was beloved but his love for playing baseball was even greater. Beyond baseball losing perhaps the best young pitcher in the game, the world lost a young man that meant a lot to a lot of people. Rest in peace, Jose.
Sullivan writes that Shin-Soo Choo is rehabbing in Arizona in a mad dash to get ready for the playoffs.
Stefan Stevenson updates the final race of the season for the Rangers with Texas and Boston now deadlocked atop the American League for home field advantage in the postseason. Texas currently owns the tiebreaker but that could change as well.
Grant notes that Derek Holland passed his first test as a member of the bullpen yesterday as he auditions for a spot on the postseason roster.
Will Leitch provides a snapshot look at the Rangers as a qualifying member of the playoffs. No one told him that A.J. Griffin isn't the Rangers' #3 starter, though.
MLB.com's Curt Hogg (seriously, that can't be a real name) previews tonight's opener between bitter rivals Milwaukee and Texas.
Finally, yesterday was a tough day for the sport but it's cathartic to know that Vin Scully's final call at Dodgers Stadium was a walkoff in extras to clinch the division.
Have a nice day!