Prior to the Rangers’ recent three-game series against the Angels the Texas club was floundering — losing 12 of their previous 15 games. The AL West squad was still seven games above .500, but they desperately needed a spark. What they got was something that hasn’t happened in 14 years — the Rangers swept the Angels with three walk-off home runs.
Winning any game with a walk-off single and it could help turn a season around. Do it with a home run and it can be an immeasurable source of momentum. Hit three walk-off home runs in a row to sweep a division rival? That shit just doesn’t happen.
In fact it hasn’t happened since 1999 when the Arizona Diamondbacks swept the Montreal Expos — who have been known at the Washington Nationals for eight years now. The Diamondbacks went on to win 100 games that season in their second season in the MLB.
With the three-game sweep of the Angels the Rangers are now 10 games above .500, one game out of the second Wild Card spot and four games behind the Oakland Athletics in the AL West. This Friday they head to Oakland for a three-game set, where a sweep could get them within a half-game of the division lead. If the talented Rangers squad wins the division we’ll all look back to this week — or they might fall apart tomorrow. Baseball’s funny like that.