5 Reasons Why The Rangers Will Win, 5 Reasons The Rays Will Win

Why Texas will win

1. David Price struggles against Texas. He is 1-4 with a 5.98 ERA in 8 regular season starts against Texas and 1-2 with a 4.66 ERA in 3 postseason starts against Texas. He also has a 10.66 ERA when he pitches in Texas.

2. Nelson Cruz comes back. He was suspended for 50 games for violating the league substance abuse policy and his suspension ended after Sundays last pitch. Nelson was batting .269 with 27 home runs and 76 RBIs.

3. Texas has won 7 straight and 8 of their last 10, so Texas has a good chance of extending that win streak to 8.

4. Craig Gentry has a hot bat the last seven days. He is batting .371 with 9 hits in his last 23 at bats and has scored on 7 of those 9 hits. Craig has also stolen 24/27 bases this season so if he gets on watch for him to run.

5. Texas hits good when lefties start the game. Texas as a team is batting .282 with a .353 on base percentage and a .447 slugging percentage.

 

Why Tampa will win

1. Texas has a tired bullpen. If the Rays can get Perez out of the game early that could be trouble for the Rangers as their closer Joe Nathan and reliever Tanner Scheppers have pitched in 4 straight games.

2. David Price. Yes Price has struggled against Texas but he still is the cy young winner from 2012. If he is on Price is one of the most dominant pitcher in the MLB. So the question is, Can David Price pitch well in Arlington?

3. Evan Longoria. Longoria was batting .278 with before the all star break but after the all star break he is batting only .249. So can Longoria break out of his slump and return to the before all star break version of himself to help his team get to the playoffs?

4. Delmon Young. Young is batting .271 with 3 home runs and 6 RBIs in 22 games played for the rays. If he could have a good game it might just help Tampa win.

5. Tampa has won 8 of their last 10 and is playing good baseball in the month of September despite a record of 16- 12.

 

My Prediction

David Price’s woes in Arlington continue as he gives up 5 runs in 4 innings and Tampa just never recover as Martin Perez has the biggest game of his life giving up 1 run on 4 hits in 6 2/3 innings pitched.

The final score is

Texas Rangers 6

Tampa Bay Rays 2

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