American League Wild Card Spots Coming Down To The Wire

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Saturday, September 28th, 2013
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The American League Wild Card spots are coming down to the wire with only 2 games remaining in the season. Currently the Tampa Bay Rays and the upbeat Cleveland Indians are tied for the 2 wild card spots with perennial playoff contender Texas Rangers a game back. If you are into betting baseball there are some meaningful games to quench your gambling thirst this weekend.

The Rays are currently 90-7o with their final two games against the bottom feeding Toronto Blue Jays. The Rays have fared well against the Jays this season posting a 10-7 record in 17 meetings however fell to R.A. Dickey and company in the series opener. The Rays will send Chris Archer to the mound against J.A. Happ in the game two matinee Saturday afternoon. Archer is 3-3 in his last 10 starts with a 4.01 earned run average. In the season finale the Rays will have Matt Moore opposite Todd Redmond in what is sure to be a must win contest.

The Indians are also 90-70 and only the lowly Minnesota Twins stand in-between them and a playoff birth. The tribe were victorious in the first two games of the four game tilt in Minnesota. The Indians will trot out veteran Scott Kazmir to the bump Saturday afternoon versus Cole De Vries. Kazmir has struggled in his last 10 starts posting a 3-5 record with an inflated 4.50 earned run average. The final game of the season will see Ubaldo Jimenez opposite Canadian hurler Scott Diamond. Jimenez has only surrendered 4 runs in his last 5 starts and the Indians will need much of the same Sunday if the they are going to advance.

The Texas Rangers are 89-71 and were also winners in the first two games of their final series against the Los Angeles Angels in Texas. Ron Washington will hand the ball to Derek Holland in the early game on the slate Saturday. The Angels will counter with Garrett Richards in an attempt to play spoiler and end the Rangers playoff aspirations. Holland is 2-3 with a 3.67 earned run average in his last 10 starts. The final day of the regular season sees ace Yu Darvish on the bump opposite veteran Jason Vargas. The outcome of Saturday’s game will determine if Darvish gets a chance to prove his worth with the season on the line.

If your wondering how these teams fared against one another this season and what team would have an advantage in a one game playoff.

Tampa Bay Rays were 3-4 against the Texas Rangers and 4-2 against the Cleveland Indians.

Texas Rangers were 1-5 against the Cleveland Indians this season.

It is shaping up to be a great weekend of baseball with the last two games of the season having huge playoff implications for three teams on the cusp of punching their ticket.



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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

  • TBsportsfan22

    Championship teams win the games they are supposed to win and also a good number of the games they are not supposed to win. Our RAYS have struggled with this concept and have basically been contrarians, with the exception of the Red Sox this year, but not in recent past years. Today we see if they have been fooling the fans and themselves all season. If they are a Championship team this year, they will win the next 3 games. They are playing tight and not to lose. Loosen up, have some fun, go out and win today’s game and the next two for sure.

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