The winner advances to the one-game American League wild-card playoff at Cleveland on Wednesday night.
Date Result-* WP LP Save
April 8 RANGERS 5, Rays 4 Ogando Hellickson Nathan
April 9 RANGERS 6, Rays 1 Tepesch Hernandez
April 10 Rays 2, RANGERS 0 Moore Holland Rodney
Sept. 16 RAYS 6, Rangers 2 Cobb Garza
Sept. 17 Rangers 7, RAYS 1 Ogando Hellickson
Sept. 18 RAYS 4, Rangers 3 Gomes Ortiz
Sept. 19 Rangers 8, RAYS 2 Darvish Moore
*-Home team in CAPS
LHP David Price (9-8, 3.39 ERA) will be making his first start against the Rangers this season. For his career, Price has struggled in Arlington, Texas. He is 1-2 with a 10.26 ERA. LHP Martin Perez (10-5, 3.55 ERA) will pitch for Texas. This is Perez’s first start this season against the Rays. In one career start against Tampa Bay, he is 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA.
Down the stretch
The Rangers have won seven consecutive games, while the Rays have won 8 of 10.
Rangers hitting vs. Rays
Adrian Beltre may lead the Rangers in hitting (,316, 30 HRs, 92 RBIs), but he is just 5-for-26 (.192) against the Rays this season. Also on the struggling side against the Rays are Alex Rios (9-for-45) and A.J. Pierzynski (4-for-22). Meanwhile, Elvis Andrus is 9-for-26 with two homers and 10 RBIs, and Mitch Moreland is 11-for-26 (.423) with two HRs.
Rays hitting vs. Rangers
Most of the Rays have struggled against Rangers pitching this season. Among the bad numbers are Yunel Escobar (1-for-20), James Loney (4-for-23), Jose Lobaton (3-for-16) and Matt Joyce (3-for-14). The good news is Wil Myers (5-for-12) and Evan Longoria (7-for-24) have enjoyed some success.
The Rays’ last two trips to the playoffs (2010 and 2011) resulted in first-round losses to the Rangers.