Jul 3, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop (6) throws to first over Texas Rangers left fielder Shin-Soo Choo (17) completing the double play during the seventh inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Baltimore Orioles defeated Texas Rangers 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Rangers Let Toronto Blue Jays Down

I hate the Texas Rangers.

It’s nothing personal – I just don’t like them. Now let me explain why.

As a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, I had gotten used to the idea of seeing my favourite team in first place. It was a good feeling and I was hoping it would last all summer. Unfortunately, the Rangers weren’t on board with my summer television plans. In fact, they wanted to ruin these plans and they might have succeeded, too.

If you ask me, the Rangers are solely to blame for the Jays’ recent drop in the standings. The logic is simple, but sound.

Toronto has been playing horrible baseball since early June. It’s tough to watch and in normal circumstances, it’s a recipe for disaster. However, the American League East is different this year: it’s surprisingly weak.

This weakness was a secret weapon for the Jays. It didn’t matter how badly they played – everyone around them was playing just as bad. In other words, the Jays could afford to lose ugly games and remain safely in first place.

At least, this was true until earlier this week when the Rangers decided to roll over in Baltimore. They conceded four sloppy games to the Orioles, blowing leads in two of them and leaving town on the tail ends of some mighty vicious brooms.

How bad was it?

The Rangers weren’t even willing to pit their ace Yu Darvish against the Orioles. The weather may have played a minor part in this decision, but I think fear and a general willingness to lose were their main reasons.

At the same time, the Jays went through one of their regular funks these days. This allowed Baltimore to catapult into first place with momentum clearly on their side.

If that wasn’t bad enough, the poor play of the Rangers has forced me to cheer for the Boston Red Sox – yes, the hated Red Sox – this weekend. Boston was kind enough to slow the Orioles, but this isn’t the point.

I had to cheer for the Red Sox. Thanks a lot, Texas.

Why couldn’t you’ve just put up a few wins against Baltimore? This is all your fault. The Jays needed your help, but you didn’t answer the call.

A real team wins baseball games. Ask the Orioles.

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