Texas Rangers Season Breakdown and A Look at The Tampa Bay Rays In 2010 Playoffs

Tj EptingContributor IOctober 4, 2010

Rangers Celebrating the clinch of the A.L. West title
Rangers Celebrating the clinch of the A.L. West titleEzra Shaw/Getty Images

After the third best season in Rangers history with a 90-72 record, they find themselves in the playoffs for only the fourth time in Franchise history.

This seasons marketing slogan "Its Time" has been only proper due to the outcome of the 2010 season. The Rangers have shown life this whole season and have led the A.L. West for most of the season. They clinched the A.L. West division title at Oakland on a Saturday the same day Neftali would tie the Rookie season record for saves. 

The regular season although filled with surprises and excitement has now come to a playoff bracket.

The Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays will go head to head in the American League Divisional Series 'A'. The 1st 2 games are to be played in Tampa Bay which presents a problem to the Rangers who were 0-3 at Tropicana field in the 2010 season and were outscored 24 to 11. Although the season was great the road record of 39-42 itself has enough to strike fear in any Ranger fan.

The third and fourth games are to be played at The Rangers Ballpark In Arlington. The road record for the Rangers might not have satisfied many, but the home record of 51-30 gives fans faith that they can win against any team when in Arlington even the New York Yankees who were swept in a three game series at the ballpark.

The Rays won the season series against the Rangers 4-2 and outscored them 40 to 31.

The Texas Rangers have only played in 10 post season games with one victory out of those 10. Although the stats for the Rangers might not look amazing, this ball club has something special. With Cliff Lee starting game one for Texas the chances look promising. All of the Rangers starters who will start in the Post-Season have under a 4.00 E.R.A. Lee leading the club with a 3.18 E.R.A.