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2021 Texas Rangers Schedule: Noteworthy Dates and Trends

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Finally, you can count on one hand the days until MLB Opening Day! Last season’s grand opening proved to be a mirage, but baseball fans everywhere will longingly grasp it this year. One team even, the 2021 Texas Rangers, will welcome a full-capacity crowd for their initial home game.

If you’re lucky enough to attend the Rangers’ first fan-friendly performance at their shiny new ballpark, then have an absolute blast! If you’re not so fortunate, don’t worry, as you’ll have at least 80 more chances to see them in person this year.

There is much to look forward to as the Texas Rangers fulfill their 2021 campaign. The following will pinpoint significant dates on their schedule, in addition to several trends that could make or break their season.

2021 Texas Rangers: Noteworthy Dates

Opening Day: April 1st

Texas will begin its regular season against the Kansas City Royals on April 1st at Kauffman Stadium. Brad Keller will hurl the first pitch at 3:10 PM CDT while Rangers starter Kyle Gibson will wait his turn to take the mound. The batter that will get the first crack at Keller is unknown, as the Rangers are still testing for a rightful leadoff man. 

First Home Series: April 5th-7th

The ascending Toronto Blue Jays will be the Rangers’ first home foe. Game times are 3:05 PM CDT on April 5th, 7:05 on April 6th, and 1:05 on April 7th. They may avoid a familiar threat in George Springer as he works through an oblique injury with his new team. A long line of formidable bats withstands, still, as Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, Teoscar Hernandez, and Marcus Semien will give Texas pitchers all they can handle.

First Home Series Against the Houston Astros: May 21st-23rd

Every fan base keeps a lookout for when enemy number-one comes to town. For the Rangers faithful, that’s the Houston Astros. Brace yourself for a rowdy weekend welcome to the organization’s main rival in late May. If full-capacity crowds are allowed, or anything close to it, Rangers fans will likely give the rule-breakers from 2019 an earful. They didn’t get the chance to encounter Astros players a year ago.

Elvis Andrus Returns to Arlington: June 21st

The Rangers will host the Oakland Athletics for the first time in 2021 from June 21st to the 24th. This means Elvis Andrus will return to the area he called home for 12 years. As a longtime fan favorite and a representative of Texas’ two World Series teams, Andrus will deservedly draw massive crowds over the four days. 

Get your ticket as soon as possible, as they’ll run out in a hurry. The Rangers will honor their beloved shortstop by giving away Elvis Andrus bobbleheads in the series opener and Elvis Andrus replica jerseys ahead of the second game against the A’s.

MLB All-Star Break: July 12th-15th

After an unintentional year off, MLB All-Star festivities will resurface the week of July 12th at Truist Park in Atlanta. The 2021 Texas Rangers will have at least one representative, as will all 30 teams. If there were such a thing as MLB All-Star odds – determining the players with the best chance to make the Summer Classic – Joey Gallo would likely field the best odds among Rangers. He was in All-Star in 2019, and he’s still the team’s most talented player.

Perhaps another Ranger or two will emerge in 2021 and make the American League roster. Regardless, it will be a joy to witness many of MLB’s stars join forces once again for a day in July.

MLB Trade Deadline: July 31st

Also returning to its traditional date is the Major League Baseball trade deadline. July 31st will be the cut-off for teams to execute non-waiver transactions. The 2021 Texas Rangers could populate the headlines as the deadline nears. Already, there’s gossip about Gallo, Jose Leclerc, and Rougned Odor changing teams.

Texas could take the stance of a seller or a buyer. With an exceptional crop of shortstops set to hit free agency at the season’s end, the current teams harboring those shortstops may try to swap them by the deadline. The Rangers could have a shot at acquiring Trevor Story from the Colorado Rockies or Carlos Correa from the Astros – if such players are made available.

Final Home Series: September 28th-30th vs. the Angels

Unless they make the playoffs, the 2021 Texas Rangers season will conclude after a three-game series against the Angels from September 28th through the 30th. Year two of Globe Life Field will come to an end, and year one of fans filling Globe Life field will come to an end. 

April Could Be Unkind to the Rangers

Concerningly, 13 of the Rangers’ 27 opening month bouts come against playoff teams from 2020. They’ll take on the star-studded Blue Jays and San Diego Padres at home and the American League champion Tampa Bay Rays on the road. Additionally, they’ll play three games in Chicago against the prosperous White Sox.

The April slate also includes the Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox, and Royals – three clubs capable of making the postseason in 2021. 

May Appears to Be the Rangers’ Most Grueling Month

This May, the 2021 Texas Rangers will play 28 games in 30 days. Within those 28 games are four-game sets vs. the Houston Astros, New York Yankees, and Seattle Mariners. Furthermore, 16 of the 28 will be against AL West clubs.

If they sniff a .500 record after the first two months of the season, they will have managed the stretch exceptionally. That’s unlikely, though, as the Rangers matchup unfavorably with the vast majority of MLB teams. 

August Presents Divisional Mayhem

The Rangers can control their AL West fate in August, which comprises 20 games vs. division opponents. They’ll play four games against the Angels, six against the Athletics, seven against the Mariners, and three against the Astros over 28 days.

Texas’ chance at a division title will have probably expired long before this point on the schedule, though only time will tell. If they’re in contention, August will provide an opportunity to make significant headway; if they’re well out of the race, they can play spoiler for a month.

Here’s to a successful 2021 Texas Rangers season, in more ways than one.

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Travis Koch is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and a lifelong baseball fan. He's covered MLB for Overtime Heroics since January of 2021.