Tampa Bay (96-66) vs Texas (90-72)
The 2008 AL Champs are back in the postseason after a one year hiatus. When you look at the 08 team and this year’s team, not much has changed except for one glaring thing; David Price has arrived. So far, it seems like the AL Cy Young will go to either CC Sabathia or Felix Hernandez. It looks like Price will finish third. I could make the argument that Price should win it. He’s in between Sabathia and Hernandez in wins and ERA. He has 19 wins to go along with a 2.72 ERA.
If you remember, Price made an impact as a reliever in 2008, especially in the ALCS. We’ll find out shortly if he’s ready to be the ace on the playoff stage. Can the Rays repeat 2008? We’ll soon find out.
There is currently one MLB franchise that has yet to win a playoff series. That one team is surprisingly the Texas Rangers. They’ve appeared in the postseason on three occasions (1996,1997, and 1999). In all three instances, Texas bowed out to the Yankees in the Divisional Series.
Before Nolan Ryan came around, this franchise was all about offense. Heck it still is, but the pitching has improved drastically. They went out and got Cliff Lee before the trade deadline, and C.J. Wilson has emerged after spending last season in the bullpen. Oh, and the hitting is still there; Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz, Ian Kinsler, Vladimir Guerrero and Michael Young are a few guys that can go yard. Then there’s the speed of Elvis Andrus, and Julio Burbon. The lineup has it all.
3 Ways the Rays win the Series…..
- James Shields- They call him “Big Game” Shields. He’ll start game 2, but he was horrible this year.
- Speed- The Rays have a lot of speed in their lineup with guys like B.J. Upton and Carl Crawford. They need to get on base.
- Evan Longoria- He was terrific in 2008, can he duplicate.
3 Ways the Rangers win the Series…..
- Cliff Lee- We saw what he did last season, (5 starts, 4-0 1.56 ERA) can he do it in October again.
- The health of Josh Hamilton- He’s by far the best hitter in the lineup. He needs to step up.
- The starters behind Cliff Lee- Can C.J. Wilson and Colby Lewis step up.
PREDICTION- RAYS IN 4
I think this will be a high scoring series, except when Lee and Price start. I like the Rays speed over the Rangers power.
About the Author
Written by Adrian Fedkiw
I currently work for the Sports Network. It's the best job ever! I am a 2010 graduate of Temple University where I majored in broadcast journalism, I LOVE SPORTS! That's why I am here. I have a vast knowledge and want to share my athletic intelligence with the world. Some people like to spend their time shooting down aliens in Halo; I like to spend my time watching sports, current and old. It's my passion! I got asked one time how I can watch a game over again when I already know the outcome. 5 minutes later, he's watching Happy Gilmore reciting all of the lines from the movie. Hypocrite! As for my favorite sports teams, I've been a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan. My favorite athlete is Allen Iverson. He didn't like practice that much, but when it came to gametime, no one let it all out on the floor like Iverson. He is absolutely beloved in the city of Brotherly Love. For college athletics, obviously I pay close attention to Temple. (Yes, football too) Even before I stepped foot on Temple's campus for the 1st time in 2005, I was a fan. Oh the good old days of John Chaney! Some other tidbits about myself, I love cheesesteaks, I hydrate myself with Welch's Grape Juice and Snapple. I love the HBO show Entourage. Also, when is Kenny Powers making his much anticipated return in Eastbound and Down!