The Texas Rangers, with a four-game lead in the AL West last week, knew heading into Anaheim for a for a four-game series presented a priceless opportunity for them.
With a sweep, the Rangers would have had a commanding eight-game advantage over their most formidable AL West foe.
However, had the Angels swept the Rangers, the lead would vanish and the two teams would be tied atop the standings. Thus, the opportunity was equally as prevalent for the Angels as it was for their Lone Star State adversaries.
In baseball, it's next to impossible to predict the outcome of a series, much less forecast a four-game sweep.
The Rangers didn't get the sweep, but they settled for the next best thing: they took three of four from Anaheim to push their lead to a six-game advantage.
Since then, the Angels have recovered well, ending a six-game losing streak and cementing a sweep of the Baltimore Orioles.
The Rangers, after their game four loss to the Angels, returned to their winning ways in yet another come-from-behind victory—this time over the White Sox, 7-3.
Yet, the Rangers lost the final two games against Chicago, and now find their lead in the AL West back down to four games.
It's not time to be cocky, and it's certainly not time to panic, though, Rangers Nation. Despite the seemingly slight four-game "cushion," the Rangers still have the AL West title in the bag.
I present to you the top five reasons the American League West race is all but finished.