Tonight's Badass ALDS Pitching Matchup

Oh boy are we in for a treat.

Down 2-0 after dropping the first two games of the ALDS at home, the AL East champion Tampa Bay Rays bounced back to take the next two from the Texas Rangers on the road in Arlington. Tuesday night at 8pm ET, they'll play Game 5 at Tropicana Field, deciding who will play the New York Yankees in the ALCS.

Cliff Lee, who is 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA in six career postseason starts, will get the ball for Texas with the full intention of finishing what he started in his fantastic Game 1 performance.

Meanwhile, the Rays will make an attempt at becoming the sixth team in big league history to win a postseason series after losing the first two games at home since the Yankees rebounded in 2001 against the Oakland Athletics.

Tampa will rely on 19-game winner David Price, who went 6.2 innings during Game 1 and allowed four earned runs on nine hits with eight strikeouts. The young lefty, who is in his first full season in the majors, is pretty pumped to be pitching in the playoffs:
This is what you grow up as little kids seeing, growing up watching all the games, the postseason games and World Series games, and you see matchups like this. Now that I get to be a part of one, I need to kind of grasp it and take control of it and give us a chance to win.
[Sports Illustrated]


Megs said...

I'm taking the Rangers in this one. I have a sneaking suspicion Lee is going to crush it!