The Rangers would be the second AL Wild Card team if the season ended today, and they're currently five games out in the AL West. On a weekly basis, we'll take a look at the AL Wild Card standings and project who will end up playing the AL Wild Card Game in October.
WC1: New York Yankees (69-57) — The Yankees won just five of their last 10 games and lost their last two against Houston. Their pitching staff is growing thinner and thinner due to injury, but the lineup is pretty stout. They appear to be a lock for the postseason, whether it's as a Wild Card or the AL East champ. Next up: Tonight, 6:35 p.m., at Atlanta Braves.
WC2: Texas Rangers (65-61) — The Rangers are in a dogfight jockeying for position here, but as of Friday morning they are in the second Wild Card spot by themselves, a half-game up on both the Twins and Angels. They're four games back of the Yankees for the top spot and host a struggling Baltimore team this weekend looking to eliminate one of their competitors. Next up: Tonight, 7:05 p.m., vs. Baltimore Orioles.
0.5 GB: Los Angeles Angels (65-62) — The Angels keep hanging around, even though it seems they should be fading. Their offense is Mike Trout and at times Albert Pujols and their starting rotation doesn't inspire much confidence with C.J. Wilson now out for the year. They now head off to face a suddenly hot Cleveland team looking to get back in the Wild Card race themselves. Next up: Tonight, 6:10 p.m., at Cleveland Indians.
0.5 GB: Minnesota Twins (65-62) — The Twins salvaged a game from the Rays on Thursday and now head home to face a streaking Astros team. This makes a tough decision for Rangers fans, but you should always want to win your division and avoid a one-game playoff, so if you're a Rangers fans, pull for the Twins here. Next up: Tonight, 7:10 p.m., vs. Houston Astros.
2.5 GB: Baltimore Orioles (63-64) — The Orioles were a half-game out a week ago but have stumbled. Now, they're going to playing arguably for their postseason lives in Texas. Will their slide continue or will they rise from the ashes? Next up: Tonight, 7:05 p.m., at Texas Rangers.
2.5 GB: Tampa Bay Rays (63-64) — The Rays are in trouble. They're fading, and now they host arguably the best team in the American League when the Royals come to town. Next up: Tonight, 6:10 p.m., vs. Kansas City Royals.
Weekly Projection:New York Yankees host Texas Rangers in AL Wild Card Game.