There are 13 games remaining in this awful, awful Texas Rangers season. There are no more off-days. Just 13 games in 13 days — six on the road against the AL West's top two teams and then seven at home against the same Oakland A's and the also-awful Houston Astros.
The Rangers currently sit at 57-92 heading into a three-game set in Oakland beginning Tuesday, meaning they have a little wiggle room — seven losses, to be exact — to avoid a 100-loss season, something they haven't done since their first two seasons in Arlington (1972 and 1973).
So let's take a look at the final four series of the season and try to predict what will happen and project a loss total for the 2014 season for a team that entered this year on the heels of four straight 90-win seasons.
Three games at Oakland: The A's are floundering. And since Aug. 9, their record is actually one game worse than the Rangers' and the worst mark in baseball over that five-week span. But still, expect the A's to take two of these games, losing only Derek Holland's start on Wednesday.
Three games at Los Angeles: The Angels have absolutely owned the Rangers this year, but now that they have clinched a playoff spot and could very well clinch a division title very soon, the Angels could lose a bit of their edge before they hit October.
Three games at home against Houston: The Astros have locked up the Silver Boot and have all but assured themselves of not finishing last in the AL West. So kudos to them. Both of these teams are now playing for interim managers, and in one final stand at home, expect a series win for the Rangers here.
Four games at home against Oakland: Needing a series split to avoid 100 losses, the Rangers will do better than that and try to spoil the season for their fiercest AL West rival by winning three of four and sending Rangers fans home happy for the final time this year. Can February get here soon enough?
Final record: 64-98.