Tampa Bay RaysTampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers Monday Free MLB Pick: And on we go to Game 163… It’s only the 10th time in the history of baseball that we have had a Game 163, and for the first time, it comes with two teams that are only fighting for the right to play one more game. The Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers are the teams that are fighting for the right to be the second AL Wild Card team, and they’ll have at it on Monday night in Arlington. Join us for our Game 163 MLB picks!

Rays vs. Rangers Game Time: 8:07 p.m. ET
Rays vs. Rangers Live TV Coverage: TBS
MLB Odds at BetOnline (50% Deposit Bonus) : Rays -120 / Rangers +108 (Total: 7.5)

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Arguably, this could be the most important regular season game in the history of baseball. Manager Ron Washington very well could be fired if this game is lost, and Tampa Bay could be facing a relatively epic collapsed if it ends up on the wrong end of things. Remember, the Rays had a chance to put the Rangers out of their misery just two weeks ago at Tropicana Field, but instead, they split the four-game series. Still, Tampa Bay was one up on the Indians and two up on the Rangers with three to play, and it still finds itself in this spot. This could be the third time since 2010 that Texas knocks the Rays out of the postseason.

Meanwhile, the game itself should be a good one. LHP Martin Perez and LHP David Price are going to be dueling with each other. We do like the fact that Tampa Bay has a good history against lefties, though we don’t like the fact that Price hasn’t pitched well in big games in the past. The Rays’ southpaw has allowed two runs exactly in each of his last four starts, but that might not be good enough in this one. Texas finished up Sunday’s game against the Angels with a good offensive surge. Remember too, that OF Nelson Cruz becomes available for this game as well, and that could make a big difference. We’re really not all that sure why in the heck Texas is the favorite in this game, especially with all of the travel that the Rays have had to do just this week.

Rays vs. Rangers Free Pick for September 30th: Texas Rangers +108


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