The Texas Rangers have three games remaining against the hot-on-their-heels Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim—the last three games of the regular season, in "The Big A."
That being said, if the Rangers are to make the postseason for the second straight season, something the franchise has only accomplished once before (1998 and 1999), they're going to have to win their fair share of games against some tough opponents.
The Angels aren't going to just go away—they had their chance last month when they found themselves trailing the Rangers by seven games.
True to form, the over-acheiving Angels met the challenge.
Regardless, let's face it: the Angels just aren't better than the Rangers.
In other words, for the Angels to sneak off with their first AL West championship since 2009, they're going to have to be up in first place by four games when the Rangers head to their hacienda at the end of this month.
Don't misunderstand, this is not going to be an easy cruise for the Rangers. They're going to have win and put together some semblance of a strong September—without Nelson Cruz, the team's leading home run threat.
The 2011 Texas Rangers will be up for the challenge.
The Rangers have many things on their side for the September stretch run—and here are the top five advantages the Texas Rangers hold over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the final month of the season.