The Rangers have been playing an exhausting brand of baseball lately. I don’t mean that in the sense that it has been bad baseball, just that it has been mentally taxing.

Thursday against the Royals, they went 10 innings and won on an Ian Kinsler triple followed by an RBI single from Michael Young. Friday they took the Rays to 11 innings and lost on a two run homer from Ben Zobrist. On Saturday, they went to extras again. This time they got doubles from Geovany Soto and Jurickson Profar, and a plunking of Josh Hamilton to win4-2 in 10 innings.

All those extra inning games led me to tweet a request for Sunday’s rubber match with the Rays. I requested a nice, comfortable five run win. What I got was a nice, comfortable six run loss.

There’s no doubt those extra inning games were fun to watch. I also think they took a few days off my life expectancy. Close games always get my blood pressure up, but it’s much worse as the season draws to a close. It’s now getting to the point in the season when every game counts. Every game means just a little bit more than the one before it. The fact that the A’s just keep winning isn’t helping that stress level, either.

Texas now comes home for a three game set against Cleveland, before finishing out the season with 19 straight games against AL West opponents. 13 of those 19 will be against the Angels and A’s. I’m confident the Rangers will win the division, but I’m also confident I’ll need some hypertension medication during the process.

Chris Kautz is a Senior Staff Writer for ShutDowninning. He can be reached at Chris.Kautz@ShutDowninning.com or on Twitter @SDIChris.
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