Ron Washington isn't concerned about the American League West standings or the wild card standings right now. All the Texas Rangers manager wants is to see his team get back in the win column.
The Rangers are struggling this homestand, losing five straight to Pittsburgh and Oakland. They'll try and avoid being swept for a second consecutive series today against the A's.
Four of the five losses have been one-run games, and the other loss was a two-run deficit. But the Rangers have never lead during this homestand as they've fallen to 5 1/2 games back of the A's and into a tie with the Rays for the top wild card spot.
"I can't imagine the lull we're in," Washington said. "We’ve got guys out there who have delivered in RBI situtaitons before and we just haven’t been able to do it. It’s not us but we’ve just got to keep fighting. We’re not quitting."
Washington said it should feel like a playoff atmosphere with 15 games left, but said: "Right now, we're trying to win a ballgame. I’m not thinking about no playoffs, I’m not thinking about any [playoff race], I just want to win a ballgame. Can you help me?
"If we win a game, I think that can get us going. We just need to get going. To get going, we’ve got to win a game. If we win a game, we’ll see where it goes from there. But we’ve got to win a game."
-- Drew Davison