ATLANTA -- The Rangers are heading back to Texas and will be there for three weeks. It seems like they have been gone for three weeks, but Sunday's game against the Braves will end a stretch of 17 out of 20 games played on the road.
"It seems like it has been a long time since I could remember looking forward to going back to Texas like this," pitcher C.J. Wilson said. "We haven't been there in a while."
Texas plays 16 of its next 19 at home. The only three games on the road will be against the Astros in Houston. The Rangers won't have another three-city road trip until Aug. 12-21, when they go to Oakland, Anaheim and Chicago. That will not be easier either, but 17 out of 20 is still the most road-intensive stretch on the Rangers' schedule.
"It hasn't been tough ... the tough part is what we have done to ourselves," manager Ron Washington said. "Not supplying the offense, not making the pitches when we have to, not getting base hits when we get the opportunity."
The Rangers will at least return home in first place. They were guaranteed of that going into Sunday's game against the Braves.
"We don't look at it like that," Wilson said. "We want to get back to playing our best baseball. We haven't gotten there yet. We have played some good games but other than the Cleveland series [a four-game sweep], we really haven't had a series where we controlled it through the whole way."