The Rangers lost Sunday’s series finale against Milwaukee—and the rest of the three-game set, too, in what’s now a four-game losing streak. The Cowboys, meanwhile, didn’t showcase any more starters in Saturday’s 22-14 loss to Seattle, but Jalen Tolbert continued to shine as part of a breakout camp.
Here’s what I’m watching this week:
Monday, 8/21—Rangers at Diamondbacks—8:40 p.m., Bally Sports Southwest
Prior to last week, the Rangers’ only four-game losing streak of the season came in April, when they were swept in Cincinnati (before the Reds lurched back to life) before losing a series opener against New York (before the Yankees crashed and burned). Texas responded by winning the next four, the last of which came against tonight’s opponent, Arizona.
Can the Rangers recapture similar momentum and put a halt to what would be worst run of baseball the club has played this season? It would go a long way toward protecting the slimmest division lead in baseball. Sean Bass will have more later this week on Texas’ play and Seattle’s unexpected climb back into the A.L. West race.
Tuesday, 8/22—Wings versus Wild—7:00 p.m., YouTube TV
First-year head coach Latricia Trammell is defense-first, but now Dallas’ offense is coming along, too: the Wings have cracked 90 points in four of their last five games, each of them wins.
Will that trend hold against the Lynx in the first of a home-and-home? If Dallas takes both, its three-game advantage over Minnesota in the West widens to a chasm.
Saturday, 8/26—Cowboys versus Raiders—7 p.m., CBS
The most intriguing battle left in camp remains the one to be Tony Pollard’s understudy. Deuce Vaughn, the 5-foot-5 sensation, appears to be a lock for both the roster and some kind of role. But 25-year-old Rico Dowdle appears to hold an edge over second-year Malik Davis to be the primary backup, in no small part due to his skills in pass protection. Will Dowdle seal the deal Saturday night?