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The Rangers and Rays give us an ALDS preview tonight

Aug 16, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

If the season ended today, two things would happen: (1) we’d all be really surprised and would demand explanations; and (2) we’d have the Rangers facing the Rays in the ALDS, just like they are tonight.

And we’d likely have tonight’s matchup as well: Cliff Lee vs. David Price, which considering the struggles Tim Lincecum is now going through, tops the Ubaldo Jimenez-Lincecum matchup from last month and stands out as the matchup of the year.

Maybe the most intriguing thing about the matchup is that each starter has had trouble with the opposition. Two of Lee’s first four starts this season came against the Rays, and he lost both of them.  Price hasn’t faced the Rangers this season, but he’s 0-2 with a 9.45 ERA in three starts against Texas.

Every time I hype up a matchup like this it ends up being a dud. Here’s hoping my luck changes, because there are only eight games tonight, and I really want this one to be good.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Aug 16, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Awaiting this series as the Universe just split with them (are the Rangers home all the time now that they’ve been sold?) Rays have been (whew) as bad as the Yanks the past two weeks. Getting awful tired of low scoring games, hope there’s some scoring going on here just to recall some fond memories of what that wa like.
    Did Cliff Lee suck a lemon before his photo was taken?

  2. Infinite Wisdom - Aug 16, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    I’m just excited to see Brian Bullington (I hate alliterative names, CRAIG) pitch again.. Apparently we’re all witnessing the reincarnation of Cy Young.

  3. minnesconsin_ad - Aug 16, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    i’m counting on the twins rallying for that #2 seed and the distinct honor of playing somebody other than the Yankees in the ALDS. They have 4 big series left, 2 apiece against CWS (who look to be in a tailspin curable only by a sweep at Target Field this week), and TX. They’ll obviously need to take care of business there, but the rest of their schedule is a healthy dose of KC, CLE, DET, SEA, OAK, and LAA.
    as long as we’re talking playoff spots (it’s early, I know) I wonder if anyone can confirm the rationale for the ALDS matchup formula — ie the #4 team playing the highest seed > As much as the media likes to trumpet the plight of the poor Rays having to contend in the AL East w/ the Yanks and Red Sox, no one ever mentions the fact that this essentially secures them a more favorable ALDS matchup.

  4. John_Michael - Aug 16, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    No, Cliff Lee absolutely did NOT suck a lemon. You see, WADA bans lemons due to their high vitamin C content. They’d prefer that players perform under scurvy-esque conditions to level the playing field. Also, so they can sell and profit from their ‘Look For High Levels Of Vitamin C’ test.

  5. minnesconsin_ad - Aug 18, 2010 at 11:23 PM

    funny how much the things can change in 2 days, the Twins now a few games clear of the Rangers for that #2 seed. And for what it’s worth, if their recent series against the Rays is any indication, MN would certainly be a more competitive opponent for the Rays.

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