Price vs. Lee rematch will decide fate of Rays-Rangers series
The Giants gave us the pitching matchup everyone wants to see by beating the Braves in four games to set up a
Price gave up five runs (four earned) on nine hits, four of them for extra bases including home runs by
Of course, Lee shouldn't be expected to fold either. He was dominant in Game 1, holding the Rays to one run on five hits over seven innings while striking out 10 against no walks. Lee has now made six postseason starts in his career, all coming this year and last. In those six starts, he has pitched a minimum of seven innings each time out, allowed more than one earned run just once, and struck out 10 men in a game three times. Altogether, he is 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 7.17 K/BB, and just one home run allowed while his opponents have hit just .186/.213/.256, and his teams have won every game he has started.
The one postseason home run Lee has allowed was hit by
The Rangers likewise pin their hopes on their right-handed bats.
The one catch to a great pitching matchup like this is that the two pitchers can negate each other, as Price and Sabathia did at the Trop in mid-September, passing a tie game (in that case, a scoreless game after eight innings) to the respective bullpens. No one wants to see this game decided in the 15th inning with
The one game in this series that was decided by the bullpens, Game 3, went to the Rays, but it also ended in nine innings with Benoit and Soriano facing all but one batter after