Chicago White Sox's Josh Phegley (36) is tagged out at third base by Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/ Paul Beaty)
With the Texas Rangers' 2013 season long-gone in the rear-view, let's take a look at some of the season's defining moments, both good and bad, in a season that ultimately fell short of the Rangers' expectations.
Moment: The Rangers were red-hot in August and built their division lead to six games heading into the season's final month, but it could've easily been more, and it was obviously wasn't enough. The Rangers lost series on consecutive weekends to close out August to two of the worst teams in the American League in the Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins.
When/Where: Aug. 23-25/Aug. 30-Sept. 1; Chicago/Arlington
What: The Oakland A's had a boar of a schedule in August, while the Rangers was lined up as a gift from the baseball gods. The Rangers did their part to take advantage of the soft August schedule, finishing the month with a 20-7 record, but it could've easily been more. The Rangers swept the Houston Astros prior to the series in Chicago, and swept the Seattle Mariners before hosting the Twins. It's hard to place emphasis on games in August during a 162-game season that ended up being 163 games, but it's easy to look back those two series as being a key reason the Rangers didn't make the postseason.
Next up: September Sweeps