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With the postseason field set, baseball fans can now look forward to watching the Texas Rangers take on the Tampa Bay Rays in the first round of the MLB postseason during Wild Card week.
Following Sunday’s results, the two 90-plus win squads found out that they’ll be facing each other in one of the most anticipated battles of the entire postseason.
After getting off to a historically great start, Tampa Bay cooled off just a bit in the middle of the campaign and eventually got surpassed by the Baltimore Orioles and their young, talented core.
Despite winning 99 games, it just wasn’t enough to clinch an AL East crown.
They’ll still be viewed as one of the favorites to come out of the American League given their wealth of postseason experience.
As for the Rangers, they were involved in one of the most tightly-contested divisional races in recent memory with the Houston Astros that went down to the final day of the regular season.
The two teams finished tied at 90-72 but Houston held the tiebreaker against its in-state Rival, clinching the division and a first-round bye.
Texas now finds itself having one of the toughest draws of any postseason squad.
MLB fans are more hyped about this one than any other Wild Card series.
Kyle Burger @kyle_burger
Rays vs Rangers #WildCard Series
Tues. – Game 1 – 3:08 p.m. (ABC)
Wed. – Game 2 – 3:08 p.m. (ABC)
Thurs. – Game 3- 3:08 p.m. (ABC)
What a crazy ride… and i mean crazy ride. for the first time since 2016 the Rangers will be playing Postseason Baseball starting Tuesday vs the Tampa Bay Rays. It’s been hard but we finally got here what a amazing season going from a 68 win season in 2022 to 90 win season this… pic.twitter.com/cP2k3fhEvw
💙⚾️ Christina/Elizabeth 💙💥 @TBRaysTwins
RAYS VS RANGERS WILD CARD SERIES!!! 🥳🥳👏👏
tsunami papì @supermario_257
Rays vs Rangers Wild card week is gonna be sooo good
David Patino @david_patin0
Good ole rangers vs rays matchup just like in 2010 and 2011 https://t.co/CWh5fhZ6Ri
It’s official, Rangers vs Rays at the trop for the wildcard. Bring it on
2010 Texas Rangers: 90-72, beat the Rays in the first round of the playoffs. Go to World Series
2023 Texas Rangers: 90-72 play the Rays in the first round of the playoffs. ????
Ohio’s Nick @ohiosnick
My favorite games heading into #MLB Wild Card week
WE HAVE POSTSEASON BASEBALL FOLKS!!
WOuld have much rather Miami play the Brewers but excited to see that young team, also Rangers v. Rays is insane https://t.co/9zr5x59ALb
charger #Boltup(2-2)⚡️ @713SOD
everything is literally pointing to the Rangers getting bounced in the wild card round by the Rays
The Rangers and Rays have a bit of postseason history, with the two teams meeting up back in both 2010 and 2011. Texas came out on top in both series as they were undergoing one of the most successful periods in franchise history, making it to the World Series in each of those seasons.
The latest chapter will begin Tuesday at 3:08 p.m. ET on ABC.