The Rangers had a two-game lead over Oakland in the AL West at the All-Star break, but now trail the A’s by seven games in the division race and are 7 1/2 behind Boston for the AL wild card following their 7-4 loss on Monday. Texas has lost seven of its last eight games, with its latest defeat coming behind the team’s five errors.
“We do want to win,” Rangers first baseman Mark Teixeira said. “If we miss the playoffs it’s a disappointment.
“We’ve been in a good spot all year and the last week or two we put ourselves in a hole. We need to dig ourselves out or we’re not going to be there.”
Texas hasn’t made the postseason since 1999 when it was swept by the New York Yankees in the division series. The Rangers have already surpassed their win total from each of the last four seasons, when they had all last place finishes, but they won’t be content with just moving out of the cellar.
“If you don’t make the playoffs, you are just like everybody else,” said Rangers shortstop Michael Young, who homered for the fourth time in three games on Monday. “It doesn’t matter what kind of turnaround you had or what kind of plan you have for next year or the year after that. We don’t care about that and we want to make the postseason this year.”
The White Sox are also trying to come from behind after ending the first half atop the AL Central.
Monday’s win, their fourth in a row, moved them within 7 1/2 games of the division-leading Minnesota Twins.
Carl Everett homered and the White Sox, who have six games left against the Twins.
“We’re trying to put together some wins and finish on a strong note,” White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko said. “We’re not out of it, but I’d be hesitant to say we’re in it, either—not 7 1/2 out.”
“We’ve got to be around four or five back going into Minnesota,” he added. “But we’re playing better.”