Rangers vs Rays Game 5 MLB Playoffs 2010 Odds, Picks & Predictions: It all comes down to a decisive Game 5 for the (2-2) Tampa Bay Rays [-113 ML] and the sports betting odds underdog (2-2) Texas Rangers [+103 ML] on Tuesday night, as the winner of tonight’s game will make their way to the ALCS. This game has a scheduled first pitch slated for 8:05 PM ET (7:05 PM CT/5:05 PM PT) on TBS Sports.
Tampa Bay is back at home in Tropicana Field where they lost the first two games of the series. Many did not think that they would be able to come back after being down 0-2, but the AL East champs went on the road and won two games in Texas, evening out the series.
If the Rays are able to pull of this important win, they will become the sixth team in MLB history to win a postseason series after losing the first two games at home. Tampa Bay’s coach Joe Maddon tried to make sense of what happened to the Rays in this series.
“The first three games we just did not show up. All of a sudden we showed up for what, one and a half games now? Definitely there’s a difference in the dugout and within the clubhouse. It’s back to where it had been, and that’s where we need to be. We play off our internal emotions pretty well, and we didn’t have any.”
David Price will start things off tonight for the Rays. He 19-game winner lost Game 1 and was outpitched by the same starting pitcher of tonight’s game, Cliff Lee. The Texas ace, who was acquired in July from Seattle, has had six career postseason starts. In those starts he is 5-0 with an ERA of 1.52. Rangers manager Ron Washington had this to say about tonight’s pitching match-up:
“They have the right person they feel that’s going to be throwing tomorrow, and we certainly feel the same way. So it’s a matter of going out there, getting Cliff some runs. And if we get him some runs, he’ll take it to the finish line. That’s what it’s all about.”
The Texas Rangers are in search of their first playoff series win, and are the only current major league franchise to have never won. According to Game 5 MLB Playoffs 2010 Odds, Picks & Predictions experts at SPORTSBOOK.com, the OVER/UNDER between the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays is set at a combined total of 6½ runs scored.
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