And it all comes down to this… The Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers are playing in the 163rd game of the season for the right to go into the Wild Card game against the Cleveland Indians. Which one will survive and which will go home? We’ll find out when we make our MLB picks and our Rays vs. Rangers predictions for Monday.
Free MLB Picks: Tampa Bay Rays @ Texas Rangers
Date: Monday, September 30th, 8:07 ET
Location: Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, TX
Rays vs. Rangers Live TV: TBS
Tampa Bay Rays (David Price) -120
Texas Rangers (Martin Perez) +112
Tampa Bay raced out to a 7-0 lead on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays, and it’s a good thing that the team held on. If not for that win, the season would be over with, and the Rangers would already have their playoff spot sewn up. Meanwhile, the Rangers were two back of the Rays with just three games to go, and it was almost a miracle that they were able to get into this spot. We have seen Manager Ron Washington and the Rangers pull some awesome feats out of their hat in the past, and they might be able to pull one off here as well.
The pitching matchup isn’t a great one for the Rangers. LHP David Price, at least statistically speaking, is certainly the better of these two arms. Price though, doesn’t have a great career when it comes to winning big time games, and everyone just remembers him coming in with the bases loaded in Game 7 of the ALCS and pitching the Rays into the World Series. What isn’t remembered is the fact that he was blasted by the New York Yankees in Game 162 two seasons ago before getting bailed out by his team, and what isn’t remembered are all of those failures against the Rangers in the past. Add in there the fact that Texas doesn’t have to travel anywhere, whereas Tampa Bay has to get on a flight from Toronto to Arlington, and the fact that the Rays had to use seemingly all of the arms they could find just to fend off the Blue Jays on Sunday, and we definitely question why the road team is the one that is favored on the MLB betting lines. Go with the Rangers on Monday to get into the playoffs.
Rays @ Rangers Pick: Texas Rangers +112
Rays @ Rangers Score Prediction: Rangers 4 – Rays 2