Rant-O-Matic: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles, Atlanta Braves vs. Milwaukee Brewers

With just a few weeks left in the regular season, there are plenty of key matchups to keep an eye on over the next couple of weeks as numerous teams look to make their case for a shot at the 2012 MLB Playoffs.  On Wednesday, there are plenty of exciting matchups for fans to watch that could play a major role in the standings.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles

The Orioles are coming off another impressive win on Tuesday after their 9-2 route of the Rays to move back into first place in the AL East with the New York Yankees.  Baltimore continues to look like one of the hottest teams in baseball at the right time of year and they’ll look to build on their two-game lead over Tampa Bay in both the division and Wild Card.

Atlanta Braves vs. Milwaukee Brewers

Not only do the Braves have to worry about losing their Wild Card spot to the Los Angeles Dodgers or Pittsburgh Pirates, but the Brewers have emerged out of nowhere to jump back in the playoff hunt.  Milwaukee heads into Wednesday’s key matchup just four games back of Atlanta and the St. Louis Cardinals for one of the two Wild Card spots in the National League—so this game is just as important for both teams.

Oh, let’s not forget about the Philadelphia Phillies—who are riding a six-game winning streak heading into Wednesday’s game against the Miami Marlins and are only four-games back as well like the Brewers.

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