When MLB decided to implement another wild card team in both leagues, the expectation was that the fans would enjoy more clubs making the playoffs. Well, commissioner Bud Selig should be grinning ear to ear as baseball fans across the globe are clamoring over game 163.
Sure, the fans are going to love it, but what about the teams playing in the all-important extra game? The Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers both face win-or-go home situations, yet it’s the Rangers who have the upper hand as the home team. Moreover, if the Rays manage to get the best of Texas, then Joe Maddon‘s club will have to fly up to the Midwest and face the surging Cleveland Indians in a one-game playoff.
So, the Rays are heading into Monday’s game with a win-or-go-home attitude, and that won’t fade until at least Thursday when the wild card team faces the top-seeded Boston Red Sox.
Thankfully, the Rays will be able to pitch David Price on Monday versus the Rangers while Texas counters with Martin Perez, who will be making just his 26th career start and has yet to turn 23 years old.
Even still, Tampa Bay will have to do a ton of heavy lifting to get make any waves in the 2013 MLB postseason.