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Keys to the Game: Rays Vs. Rangers, ALDS Game 1, September 30, 2011

September 30, 2011

The 2011 postseason will kickoff with a rematch of last year’s ALDS when the Tampa Bay Rays visit Arlington to face the AL West Champion, Texas Rangers. While the Rays were smoking hot to finish the season, winning five games in a row to complete the largest regular season comeback in Major League history, the Rangers were even hotter winning 10 of their last 11 contests. The Rangers will start their de facto ace, C.J. Wilson (16-7, 2.94 ERA) tonight. Wilson has had great success against the Rays this season going 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA and a miniscule 0.83 WHIP in three starts. Track Wilson’s ERA this season. Click for much further insight on Wilson’s pitching.

Rays Manager, Joe Madden, has shocked the baseball world by starting Rookie left-hander, Matt Moore (1-0, 2.89 ERA), in Game One. Moore has only pitched 9 and 1/3 big league innings but pitched five scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts against the Yankees in his last start.

The Rangers have a powerful offense, finishing third in the league in with 855 Runs Scored and second by knocking in 210 Home Runs. Ian Kinsler and Adrian Beltre lead Texas with 32 Home Runs and have scored a combined 203 Runs and batted in 182 Runs. Amazingly, the Rangers have 467 more total bases than they Rays! Rays hero Evan Longoria, who hit the Wild Card clinching extra innings walk off Home Run Wednesday evening, has 31 Home Runs and 99 RBIs this season. Compare the Rangers’ and Rays’ starting lineups.

RBIs (Blue), Runs Scored (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)

The Rangers won the regular season series 5-4, so don’t be surprised if this series goes the five game distance.

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30/30 Club

September 6, 2011

Joining the 30/30 Club is a great personal honor for Major League hitters. It takes a special type of player who is able to both hit for power and speed quickly between the bags to accumulate the 30 Home Runs and 30 Stolen Bases required for membership. So far only the Dodger’ Matt Kemp has joined the 30/30 Club with his 32 Home Runs and 37 Stolen Bases. Check out how close some other hitter are from joining Kemp.

HRs (Blue), Stolen Bases (Orange) & Stolen Bases Caught (Green)

Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun is closest to joining the 30/30 club as he only needs 3 more Home Runs to complement his 31 Stolen Bases.  Curtis Granderson of the Yankees is six swipes away, but his low Stolen Base success rate of 69% could leave him a bag or two shy from tacking another honor onto his already spectacular season. Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury’s lack of power hitting, he only has 24 Home Runs, has barred his entrance so far and he must drastically increase his average of .18 Home Runs per game if he hopes to be part of the 30/30 Club.  With 25 Home Runs and 23 Stolen Bases, the Ranger’s Ian Kinsler has an outside shot of joining club.  However, Kinsler stole nine bases in August and has four Home Runs in 5 games already in September.

Which of these players do you think will join the 2011 30/30 Club?

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Keys to the Game: Red Sox Vs Rangers, August 24, 2011

August 24, 2011

After Scoring 11 Runs last night in their 11-5 victory, the Red Sox will get one of their biggest bats back off of the DL tonight. Boston’s DH David Ortiz (.300 Batting Average and 24 Home Runs) is in the lineup tonight for the first time in 10 days.  Compare Ortiz’s production this season with Ranger’s DH Ian Kinsler.

RBIs (Blue) & Home Runs (Orange)

Ortiz and the rest of the high powered Red Sox offense will face Ranger’s Lefty Matt Harrison (10-8, 3.23 ERA), who has been dominant in his last six starts in Arlington going 4-0, with a 2.16 ERA and a phenomenal Strikeout to Walk ratio of 10.66.

ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

Josh Beckett (10-5, 2.46 ERA) gets the call for the Red Sox tonight.  Beckett has struggled against Texas in his career going 2-2 with a 5.53 ERA and allowing six Home Runs in seven starts.

ERs Allowed (Blue), HRs Allowed (Orange) & Strikeouts (Green)

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