Wild Card Hunt: Tampa Bay Rays face elimination tonight against the Texas Rangers

7:45 AM, Sep 30, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price

 


 


Well, it all comes down to this.

The Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers have each played 162 regular season games and have decided nothing. The two postseason rivals will square off in a do-or-die game Monday night in Texas to try and break their tie and claim the final wild card spot in the American League.

Both teams are hot! The Rays have won 8 out their last of 10 games and the Rangers have won 7 in a row. They met seven times in the regular season and the Rangers won four. That means they earned the right to host the Rays tonight.

The Rangers have eliminated Rays in each of Tampa Bay's last two trips to playoffs. In 2011, Texas won the best-of-five division round series, 3-1,and down the Rays 3-2 in the same round the year before.

First pitch is at 8:07 p.m. and will be televised on TBS. In games like this, home teams have a 5-1 record since 1995.

Tonight's winner will face the Cleveland Indians -- who have won 15 of their last 17 games -- in the American League Wild Card play-in game on Wednesday night. The winner of that game will begin the divisional series against the Boston Red Sox on Friday.

The Rays send 2012 Cy Yound award winner David Price to the mound Monday night. All three of his postseason starts have been against Texas and the Rays have lost all three games. In his career, Price has faced the Rangers 11 times and has a 1-7 record with a 5.57 ERA.

If the Rays lose either Monday to Texas or Wednesday to Cleveland, they'll become the first team since the 2002-03 Seattle Mariners to miss the playoffs in two straight seasons despite winning at least 90 games in each.

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