The postseason doesn't start for a few more days, but if the Rangers are going to be involved, they will need a postseason approach this weekend.
The Rangers have been playing good baseball recently, but every game is a must-win, so while the recent wins have been fun, there is no mistaking the pressure. Texas trails both the Indians and Rays by one game for a Wild Card spot.
"It definitely has been fun, these games are huge," said Derek Holland, who will start for Texas on Saturday. "We've got to stay focused and bear down. When I get the opportunity, I have to do my job and do whatever I can to help my team out. It's the same game, whether it's the first game of the season or the one that puts us in the playoffs. It's the same game between the lines. I have to go out and do my job."
Holland, who has allowed just two runs in his last 15 innings, will get the chance to do his job on Saturday morning against the Angels.
Because of weather concerns, Saturday's game was moved up to 11:05 a.m. CT, but Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher doesn't expect the early start to have a tremendous impact on starter Garrett Richards.
"Welcome to the world of adaptation," Butcher said. "The day before, or his regular routine, everything is consistent with what he did in between starts. The only difference is he's going to have to wake up a little bit earlier and pitch. It's really not that much different than pitching in a Spring Training game as far as time goes. We've had day games before."
Richards went back to the Angels' team hotel early on Friday to rest, but come Saturday, the right-hander's focus will be on finishing the season strong.
Richards struggled in his last start, but he has pitched well overall since he rejoined the rotation.
Rangers: Washington expects Twins and Blue Jays to compete
If the Rangers are going to get into the playoffs, not only will they have to do their part, but they will need a little help from the Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins.
The Twins have two games remaining against the Indians, and the Blue Jays have a pair of games against the Rays.
Although neither the Twins nor Blue Jays are playing for anything other than pride, Rangers manager Ron Washington does not expect them to roll over this weekend.
"I can tell you with Ron Gardenhire as manager of the Minnesota Twins, that answers that question," Washington said. "With John Gibbons as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, that answers that questions. They are pros. That's just professionalism. That's all that is. You can't describe it any way else. No matter who you play or where you play, you want to win."
Angels: Trumbo may be key to Angels' offseason
The Angels have a strong desire to acquire cost-controlled starting pitching over the offseason, and they will likely need to trade someone to do so.
The Angels' farm system lacks a lot of desirable prospects and the payroll is too high to sign a big-time free agent.
While several players may be on the market, Mark Trumbo could be the one who has the most value to other clubs.
"I think I've been included in trade talks for a while now," Trumbo said. "You're always going to spend some time mulling over it. You can say that you don't care about it, but if it's a possibility, then it's a possibility. Maybe when you're a little younger you might get more worked up over something like that. But I'm going on 28 now, I've played for a few years now, and I don't think I'd fear change as much now as I would've when I was younger."
• The Rangers have won seven of their last nine games.
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.