Covered by Willie Bee
Well this is just crazy. The Rangers won their sixth straight game last night and now share the Wild Card lead with Cleveland and Tampa Bay. What a run it's been for Texas, as they're now able to control their own destiny when it comes to whether or not they'll be competing in the postseason.
They close out the regular season with none other than Japanese sensation Yu Darvish on the mound. Darvish is 7-6 with a 2.66 ERA at home this season, while owning a 2.45 ERA in eight day starts leading into this afternoon's encounter.
In three appearances against the Angels, Darvish is 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA, having allowed 17 hits and six earned runs in 18.0 innings.
The Rangers will be batting against Jason Vargas, who's coming off a dominant complete-game effort at home against the Athletics. He gave up four hits and zero earned runs while striking out five and walking one.
Vargas is 3-5 with a 4.87 ERA on the road, but has logged an impressive 2.89 ERA in three outings versus Texas.
We don't have to tell you how important this game is to the Rangers and the MLB odds reflect the urgency. They're at -200 to win today's showdown at home, with the Angels available at +185.
Covered by Ron Patrick
So the Rays picked the wrong time to start losing. Their two straight losses have put them in real jeopardy of missing out on the playoffs.
Simply put, they must win today in their regular season finale against Toronto. The Blue Jays have proven to be a feisty opponent here at the end of the season and are going to want to spoil Tampa Bay's party in a big way.
The Rays will like their chances though with Matt Moore on the bump. Moore is 16-4 with a 3.23 ERA overall and a very good 9-1 with a 2.59 ERA in 15 road starts this season. He's also allowed just three earned runs over two outings against Toronto.
It will be Todd Redmond starting for the Blue Jays and he's been performing well as of late. He's 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA in four September starts and has managed to go 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA in eight total appearances at home.
In Redmond's one meeting with Tampa Bay in 2013, he went six solid innings, surrendering six hits and one run.
Still, Moore and the Rays come in favored at -170 for our MLB picks on the last day of the regular season. Will they close out with a hugely needed victory?