The Tampa Bay Rays head into Saturday's Game 2 of the ALDS against the Texas Rangers with a 1-0 lead in the series after a 9-0 win Friday evening. Matt Moore earned some scrutiny heading into the game after he was tabbed as the Rays' starter despite just one major league start for his career. He pitched a gem however, giving up just two hits in seven innings for the shutout.
James Shields is set to take the mound for the Rays on Saturday, aiming for what would be a commanding 2-0 start. Shields was probably who most expected to start Game 1, but by gambling with Moore the Rays have set themselves in the driver's seat for the series. Shields is coming in with a 2.22 ERA from the month of September.
Rangers' starter Derek Holland should theoretically be able to hold his own, with a 10-1 record and a 2.77 ERA in his last 15 starts. He has struggled against the Rays throughout his career, however, with a 6.51 ERA in five starts against Tampa Bay. Holland will have to be on top of his game Saturday with the Rays' coming off a nine-run outburst and smelling blood in the water.
For a Beyond the Boxscore perspective of the game, be sure to check out Bill Petti's preview of the series. Check out our Tampa Bay Rays blog DRaysBay and Texas Rangers blog Lone Star Ball for more Game 2 analysis.