There is no doubt that the Texas Rangers struggled in August.
Texas started the month on fire with an 8-0 record in their first eight games, but that would quickly fade as the Rangers lost 10 of their last 13 games.
Fortunately, August has slipped away into a moment in time, and September is here. With the new month being the final month of the 2023 MLB season, the stakes could not be any higher.
Coming into play on Thursday, the Rangers sit one game back of the Mariners and Astros for first place in the AL West. This three-team fight will likely come down to the final week of the MLB season.
To begin the month, the Rangers will play a 10-day, 9-game pressure-pack homestand that could potentially have huge playoff implications.
Leading off, the Rangers will welcome the Minnesota Twins into town this weekend for a rematch of a series that occurred exactly one week ago today in the Twin Cities. Texas dropped three of four in that set but will seek revenge this weekend at Globe Life Field.
Next is the series we’ve all been waiting for since Marcus Semien hushed Martín Maldonado in a 13-5 Rangers rout at Minute Maid Park. The Rangers will take on the Astros next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for the final time this season. With a sweep, the Rangers will take back the Silver Boot for the first time since 2016.
Finally, to close the homestand, Texas welcomes the Oakland A’s to town next weekend. This series will be huge if Texas can take advantage of having one of the worst teams in baseball in town for three games.
The Rangers will have to continue their success at home this season in these huge three series.
With a good homestand, Texas could find its spot in the AL West Standings headed into the stretch run.