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Careful Wash, your job could be at stake should your team not make an extensive postseason run.
Up five games with nine to go, the Texas Rangers looked like they were coasting to their third straight AL West Division crown. But after splitting series with the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels in Arlington, the Rangers found themselves with just a three-game lead over the A’s, with the division winner to be decided over a three-game set in Oakland.
It would be no easy task to swoop the pole position in the AL West from the Rangers, with the Athletics needing to sweep in order to clinch the division. After grinding out two one-run wins in games one and two of the regular season finale, Texas fully imploded and blew a 5-1 lead to complete its epic downfall.
And though the Rangers led by as many as 14 games over the course of the season and have a payroll more than double of their division rival, they don’t rank higher on this list because they’ll still get a shot in the wild-card round this season.