While this is not technically a playoff game, the loser will go home. The Rangers are pitching 22-year old rookie lefty starting pitcher Martin Perez against the Rays tonight. Perez pitched in 19 games (all starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 10-5 with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. He started 8 games at home this year and he was 3-3 with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Martin has not really pitched much against the Rays and that could be to his advantage. Matt Joyce and Evan Longoria are both 1 for 2 against Martin and Jose Molina and Ben Zobrist are both 0 for 2 against him so far in their careers.
The Rangers are probably glad to see David Price on the mound tonight. He has started 8 games in his career against the Rangers and he is only 1-4 with a 5.98 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. Price has really had problems pitching in Texas when he has started 4 games in which he is 1-2 with a 10.26 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP. The Rangers have a quartet of hitters that really have pounded Price so far in their careers. Alex Rios is 10 for 23 (.435 avg, 1.370 OPS) with 2 homers and 7 RBIs, Elvis Andrus is 11 of 27 (.407 avg, .923 OPS) with 4 RBIs, Adrian Beltre is 9 for 26 (.346 avg, .923 OPS) with 1 homer and 4 RBIs and Nelson Cruz is 9 for 21 (.429 avg, 1.383 OPS) with 3 homers and 5 RBIs against Price.
The matchups look good for the Rangers in this game.