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October 2, 2013

Playoff Prospectus

AL Wild Card Game Preview

by R.J. Anderson


Who said the second Wild Card is bad for drama? The American League's postseason picture was not determined until Monday night's tiebreaker between the Rays and Rangers. The Rays won behind a strong performance from David Price, allowing them to advance to Wednesday's Wild Card Game against the Indians. Here's what to expect from the pair of evenly matched teams.

Lineups (AVG/OBP/SLG/TAv)

Rays
LF-L David DeJesus (.253/.330/.404/.271)
RF-R Wil Myers (.295/.353/.482/.307)
2B-S Ben Zobrist (.275/.355/.404/.286)
3B-R Evan Longoria (.266/.340/.490/.308)
1B-L James Loney (.300.349/.432/.283)
CF-R Desmond Jennings (.252/.333/.414/.288)
DH-L Matt Joyce (.235/.328/.419/.284)
C-R Jose Molina (.237/.294/.308/.224)
SS-R Yunel Escobar (.257/.331/.368/.267)

This isn't your typical Rays offense. For one, this bunch struck out less than 20 percent of the time; for another, they're uncharacteristically poor at baserunning, and lack the stolen-base threats they had in the past. Then there's this: the Rays finished tied for second in team True Average, edging Cleveland by a few points. The lineup above features eight above-average hitters, with Molina serving as the exception, and the bench has four more above-average bats. This is a good offensive unit with the ability to—as Joe Maddon says—"swarm" opposing pitchers.

Indians
CF-L Michael Bourn (.262/.315/.360/.249)
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