A little sadness. Such feelings always occur at the end of every regular season. Each season is different and each comes with its own surprises and inspirations. Having it end is like finishing the end of a long novel that left you satisfied, but sad that the story is over and you have to leave the characters behind.
My picking season was better than last season. A great month of September helped make that possible. The Game of the Day picks ended up with the exact same amount of 105 correct picks for the season. At least you could say I am consistent.
The picks will continue throughout the playoffs and World Series. But the grueling job of picking fifteen games each day is over. Onward with the playoffs! Well, today is not a playoff. Today is a Game 163 as the Rangers and Rays have to figure out which team is going to be the second Wild Card.
- The Bay Rays over the Rangers: There are a lot of factors going on here. First, the Rangers get the home game. I am not sure why. But anyway, that gives them an advantage. But the Rays get to start David Price who is one of the best pitchers in baseball. Except he does not pitch well against the Rangers. But then again, that was in the past when they had more offense than they have now. The Rangers start Martin Perez. Perez is only 22 years old. That is a lot riding on a young guy. He had a decent season, but a lot of his success was compiled against sub-.500 teams. When pitching against teams over .500, he is just mediocre with a 4.34 ERA and a 4-4 record. The starters would seem to favor Price. Then there is Nelson Cruz. This is a tough time to be bringing him back to face Major League hitters. I think he hurts continuity a bit here. He should DH and leave the Rangers with a terrific outfield of defenders. But will Ron Washington do that? I love what Leonys Martin and Craig Gentry bring to the table, especially Gentry. If one of them has to sit because of Cruz, it's just the wrong call. I like the Rays for this game. But anything can happen.
Final Games of the Day tally: 105-71