As they ready themselves for their final head-to-head meeting with Oakland on Sunday the Rangers have fallen so far back in the AL West they can barely see the A’s and they can’t even mention the name.
Another punchless 1-0 loss Saturday for Yu Darvish — his fourth of the season — ensured the Rangers will lose more ground in the division in this final “showdown” which has proved to be more coronation than anything else. The Rangers losers of 11 of their last 14 games trail by 51/2 games with 15 to play.

Is that bad?

To put it in perspective: The Rangers’ biggest lead over the final 15 games of last season’s historic meltdown was never more than five. And Oakland had the advantage of seven head-to-head matchups with Texas over the final two weeks.

Oh and waiting for the Rangers on Sunday is Oakland ace Jarrod Parker. He hasn’t lost since before Memorial Day. He’s 6-1 with a 2.93 ERA in seven career starts against Texas.

And did we mention all that separates the Rangers from being totally out of the playoffs is a 1 1/2-game lead over Cleveland for the final wild-card spot? The Indians have the easiest remaining schedule in the AL.

Yeah it’s bad.

“We are now in a bad situation” said rookie Martin Perez who draws the start. “But we can’t think about the situation. I just have to think about what I have to do which is go out and throw good. I just want to relax and pitch my game.”
Asked about the spot in which his club now finds itself manager Ron Washington could say only: “We are in second place. That’s about it. We’ve got games left to play and I’m going to continue to play my team.”