Alexi Ogando #41 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park on April 3, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
In May of last season, the Texas Rangers had a scheduled 20 games in 20 days — the maximum amount of consecutive days a team can play according to MLB's collective bargaining agreement. They got lucky on the road in Baltimore, getting a rainout that ended up forcing a doubleheader the next day but still gave them a day off.
In that stretch, the Rangers went 10-10 against a rather pedestrian sample of teams — some good, and some very bad, like the Astros and Mariners.
Now, the Rangers are about to embark on another 20 in 20 stretch — their only one of the season — and this time, it's shaping up to be a much tougher road, as the Rangers play just one team with a losing record during that time, with seven games against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Other than that, June is going to be absolutely brutal, and it certainly doesn't help that the Rangers are still without Ian Kinsler and could be without Adrian Beltre, who is nursing a minor hamstring strain.
Other than Toronto, the Rangers go to Boston, host Cleveland and Oakland and go to St. Louis to close out the 20-game stretch. Even after a day off, the Rangers close out the month with a trip to The Bronx and a home set against the Cincinnati Reds. Ouch. You could argue there are five World Series contenders the Rangers will lock horns with this month.
The one positive seems to be that the Rangers will get an 11-game homestand against Cleveland, Toronto and Oakland before heading to St. Louis to close out the 20-game stretch.
If the Rangers can put together a winning record in June, it'd be a minor miracle, especially when you consider the injuries the team is facing right now, although they do get Alexi Ogando back this week. Good or bad, this month is going to say a lot about where the Rangers are and where they might be come late September.