The worst day on the sports calendar arrived Wednesday. That’s right, the day of the ESPYs.
The day after the MLB All-Star Game is also the one day of the year when there are no live sporting events among the Big Four (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL). None.
Time to catch up on those crazy Kardashians.
Or, better yet, time to look ahead to what could happen to the Texas Rangers over the final half of July, which ends with the non-waiver trade deadline.
General manager Jon Daniels said Friday that he expects the Rangers to be in the playoff hunt throughout the second half, and as such isn’t planning to trade away all of the six potential free agents for pieces that could help in future seasons.
When the Rangers open the second half of the season Friday, they will do so three games out of the second wild-card spot despite having a 43-45 record. They will do so on the road for 10 games against three wild-card contenders:
The Kansas City Royals, 1 1/2 games back who have played well in spurts this season and are 44-43; the Baltimore Orioles, four games out who play well at home; and the Tampa Bay Rays, who hold down the second wild-card spot.
The Rangers are 18-25 on the road.