Texas Rangers vs Tampa Bay Rays @ Tropicana Field on Sportsnet, 1:37 PM
Game One: LHP Cliff Lee (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
LHP David Price (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Reason to watch: Well it’s finally that time a year of again when every play in Baseball makes a difference. The Texas Rangers roster is chalked full of players without any playoff experience. Ranger’s 3rd baseman Michael Young is making his first playoff appearance after playing 1,508 regular season games. The Rangers wisely traded for P Cliff Lee, who was brilliant for the Phillies in last years postseason.
Lee started five games for Philly in the 2009 playoffs going 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA, Lee struck out 33 batters only walking 6, Lee had two complete games. Cliff has been had another great season walking a ridiculous 18 batters all season. The guy really knows how to throw a baseball.
Tampa on the other hand is only two years removed from their World Series appearance against the Phillies. Rays starter David Price, who was Stephen Strasberg before Strasberg, was coming out of the bullpen to shutdown teams. Now Price is going to be relied upon to be the anchor of the pitching staff for the playoffs and carry this team. According to ESPN Stats & Information Price relies on his fastball 74% of the time, while the Rangers lead the Majors with .297 average against fastballs.
Something to lookout for: The Rangers started the season really young at the Catcher postion with Taylor Teagarden and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but now have veterans in Bengie Molina and Matt Treanor. Well see if the 36 year old Molina and 34 year old Treanor well be able to slow down a Ray’s team that love’s going from 1st to 3rd and wreaking havoc on the base-paths.
My Prediction: Tampa in 4