Texas Rangers Vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free Pick 9/30/13 One Game Playoff
Tampa Bay Rays (91-71) at Texas Rangers (91-71)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 30, 2013 at 8:07 pm (Rangers Ballpark in Arlington)
David Price (L) (9-8) (3.39) vs. Martin Perez (L) (8-5) (3.837)
The Line: Texas Rangers +120 /Tampa Bay Rays -130 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Rays visit the Texas Rangers to determine which team advances to face Cleveland for the Wild Card.
At one time Tampa Bay sat atop the American League East before fading and then getting hot to keep their season going. In a nut shell the Rays have survived more then anything and now face the Rangers for the right to take on the Indians for the Wild Card. TB rode a six run first inning on the way to a 7-0 lead before holding off Toronto 7-6 to tie for the Wild Card. The bats saved the day with the work on the mound ranging from mediocre to poor. Matt Moore allowed three runs over 5.1 frames followed by Jake McGee and Joel Peralta giving up three runs. The Rays totaled nine hits and walked twice with Jose Lobaton doubling in a pair. The Rays send left hander David price to the bump who looks to extend his team's season. It hasn't been a typical year for Price who has gone 9-8 with a 3.39 ERA.
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Texas followed the same script as Tampa Bay in that they once led the American League West before fading and getting hot just at the right time forge a tie for the second Wild Card. The Rangers knocked off the Angels 6-2 on Sunday to finish 2013 with six consecutive victories behind strong pitching and hitting. Starter Yu Darvish allowed both runs on four hits through 5.2 frames before four relievers shut out the LAA bats the rest of the way. The offense pounded out ten hits and walked two times with Craig Gentry and Geovany Soto knocking in a pair of runs with Soto and Adrian Beltre going deep. Lefty Martin Perez has enjoyed a strong second season with a 10-5 record with a 3.55 ERA and has gone 7-2 over his last ten outings but this is his first full year so expect him to be on a short leash.
Both teams hit left handers well so it wouldn't surprise me to see some runs here. Price hasn't been the force he normally is but he is healthy and this is the stage he needs to excel on so for now I'll back him...