That's right David Price, you should be happy. Your team bailed you out of what surely was an awful performance by you on Wednesday night. Down 7-0 to the Yankees, defeat was imminent. But thanks to clutch hitting by Evan Longoria and Dan Johnson, the Rays get to see at least another week. But going into Texas and getting wins will not come easy. Taking the hill tonight for the Rangers is their ace, C.J. Wilson. Wilson went 16-7 this year with a 2.94 ERA. He is generally a tough opponent at home, especially last year in the postseason. The Rays are riding a huge momentum swing stemming from the collapse of the Boston Redsox. But don't expect this team to dominate anyone. They were in the exact same situation last year and the Rangers came out on top. Look for Wilson and the powerful bats of the Rangers lineup to come out on top tonight.
Prediction: Rangers in 5
This may be one of the only games the Tigers can comfortably win. Now i'm not saying that the Yankees have no chance tonight, but seeing the season that Verlander has had, not a lot of teams in MLB stand a chance against him right now. This may become a crucial decision maker for manager Jim Leyland come game 4(if necessary). If the Tigers are down in the series 2-1, will he pitch Verlander on short rest? Sabathia will most certainly go on a shortened schedule, but as of right now, Rick Porcello is slated to pitch game 4 if there is a game four. I think the series will come down to this game. If the Tigers can force a game 5 and put Verlander back on the mound, the Tigers have a very good chance to win this series.
Prediction: Tigers in 5
The Diamondbacks and Brewers have not faced each other since late July, and since that time, both teams have come a long way. At that time, the Giants and the Pirates were in first place of their respective divisions. The Brewers own the best home record in baseball this season and have great power numbers at Miller Park. For tomorrow's game, Arizona sends Ian Kennedy to the mound who had a simply phenomenal season going 21-4 with a 2.88 ERA. If the Diamondbacks want to take a game from the Brewers in Miller park, their best chance is on Saturday. The Brewers had a mediocre road record this year so this series will be a close one. Ultimately, i think the big bats of potential NL MVP Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder will prove to be too much for the Diamondbacks.
Prediction: Brewers in 5
I remember some national media personalities telling me that the Michael Bourn trade to Atlanta was better than the Hunter Pence deal to Philadelphia, well we all see how that worked out didn't we. The Phillies eased off the gas after clinching the NL East as well as home field advantage in the playoffs in mid-September, but don't expect them to be flat. Yes, the Cardinals were one of the hottest teams down the stretch, but the Phillies are poised to make a huge run. The first three games the Phillies send out last year's Cy Young winner Roy Halladay, who threw a no-hitter against the league's best offense that year, the Reds, followed by Cliff Lee, who has been absolutely magical in the post season the last two years with the Phillies and the Rangers, and finally Cole Hamels, who had a great year. The Cardinals high point in their pitching staff is Chris Carpenter, who has pitched extremely well in his second season after returning from Tommy John surgery. Adam Wainwright, who would have posed a potential threat for the Phillies this season, was shut down in spring training to have Tommy John surgery as well. Lance Berkman as had a great comeback year and has put up some of his best numbers. In the end, great starting pitching and a good closer will win you ball games (2010 San Francisco Giants). The Phillies have all the pieces now, and it's do or die. They set out in April with huge expectations, and now it is time to live up to them.
Prediction: Phillies in 4