This being the only game five match up this one promises to be a dramatically action packed duel between two compatriots that are looking to cement their playoff legacies, or at least in Price’s case trying to secure his place among today’s great pitchers.The final game between Texas and Tampa Bay will be held at 8:07 pm ET, Tuesday at Tropicana Field. In a repeat of the first game the duo of Lee v. Price again battles with the series even and with double the emotion to be shown with every pitch. Game one always sets the tone, but the payoff pitches in the playoffs switches, look for game five (the deciding game) to go pitch by pitch.
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Most hadn’t predicted that the Texas Rangers would come in and take both at the Trop. Then continue on to come back for a game five to the Bay. The Rangers were winless in Tampa before game one going 0-3 this year and with that notion destroyed as per the game one performance of Cliff Lee. This one is a tough one to call, but can you really bet against Lee in the playoffs anymore? If Lee and Texas beat Price and the Rays once again at home, it should leave no doubt that they deserve this series win.
David Price has been great this year but didn’t get the job done in game one as with both aces going, you knew one team was getting shut down. Hitters for the Rangers all have career hits against DP, though a small sample, they’ve amassed a good number of walks. Versus Cliff Lee they have a good number of .300 averages but a very low walk ratio, that has got to be the telling statistic in this one. A historical fact, the Texas Rangers are the only MLB team to have never won a playoff series.
Rangers vs Rays ALDS Game 5 Betting Odds:
@ Rays (-115)
Texas +1.5 (-220)
@ Tampa Bay -1.5 (+180)
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Rangers vs Rays ALDS Prediction for Game 5:
Moneyline Prediction (TOP PLAY) — What we know after 4 games is that these two teams possess two high-level pitchers each. But may not be able to compete in a seven game series against a deeper squad. This series was Lee and Wilson vs Price and Garza, this match up is equal by my estimations, but Lee has the slight edge over Price, thus the featured top play. Free passes to determine this one, Price in 2010 had 79 and Lee 18, next question. A slight underdog, with the (Devil) Rays winning the previous two games.
Game Total Prediction – The number is set right at where this one should end up, do the Rays put up a better fight against Cliff Lee? Will Price make the same mistakes this time around? The 5-1 score line of game one, seems to be the right total, but I am feeling a 3-2 final score. As long as Lee is as good as he was in the first game. Joe Maddon (TB Manager) should have learned his lesson in putting righty after righty to face Lee and also replace struggling Catcher Kelly Shoppach for surprising back-up John Jaso. This one will be tight, but certain things just makes this one, the play for tonight!