ARLINGTON, Texas -- The regular-season finale ended with the Oakland Athletics clinching an AL Wild Card berth after almost blowing a playoff opportunity with a near second-half collapse.
The Rangers' season finished quietly, a 4-0 loss, to the Athletics at Globe Life Park, which ended a terrible season filled with injuries, inconsistency, a manager who resigned and major league records set for players (64) and pitchers (40) used in a single season.
The Rangers also set a franchise record by employing 23 rookies, which also led the majors in 2014, and the club needed the DL 26 times, most in the big leagues and fourth-most in franchise history.
A wonderful ride it was for the Rangers, who did finish the season strong by going 13-3 since Sept. 12 and 14-8 for interim manager Tim Bogar.
How it happened: For the second consecutive game, the Athletics jumped out to an early lead and this time they held it. Brandon Moss started the second inning with a double and scored on Josh Reddick's triple to dead center. An out later with the infield in, Stephen Vogt singled to center to push the lead to 2-0.
How the Rangers do in the standings: Well, the Rangers finished September with a 14-12 mark and won 13 of the last 16 games. At Globe Life Park, the Rangers won eight of their last 10 games at home and finished 33-48, the lowest winning percentage in the AL. Against the AL West, the Rangers went 33-43, their most losses since 1988 (44). Texas won the season series against Oakland (10-9) and Seattle (10-9) this season. Texas finished 31 games behind the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West. At one point, the Rangers were a season-high 37 games out of first place.
The attendance: The Rangers headed into Sunday’s game ninth in average attendance at 33,529 and drew 2.7 million to the ballpark. In what turned out to be a lost season for Texas, the club drew at least 30,000 on average for the final four games of the season against the Athletics, who were fighting for a playoff berth.
What’s next?: The offseason. Rangers have three free agents -- Neal Cotts, Scott Baker and Colby Lewis -- to make decisions on in addition to the option on Alex Rios, which it doesn’t appear will be picked up. Oh yes, that manager thing. The club has to decide if Bogar is the man for the gig or pick somebody else. The team has some coaches' contracts that need to get picked up including pitching coach Mike Maddux, who expressed a desire to remain with the club, but would also be open to becoming a manager elsewhere.