Baltimore Orioles vs. Texas Rangers: 5 Biggest Matchups in AL Wild Card Game

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Baltimore Orioles vs. Texas Rangers: 5 Biggest Matchups in AL Wild Card Game
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The first true wild-card games in MLB history will be taking place this year, and in the American League, let's face it, the two teams are about as polar opposites as you can get.

The Baltimore Orioles were relegated to the basement of the AL East by nearly everyone, especially me. Instead, they have pulled off miraculous wins despite a lack of talent on paper and have had the right people step up at the right times, not to mention their fantastic bullpen.

The Texas Rangers, meanwhile, needed to win this year. They held on to the AL West and held off the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with little difficulty. In just a couple weeks, however, they fell apart against the Oakland Athletics and have to fight their way into the ALDS.

Now, these two polar opposites join up to play a single game that will determine their fate. Will Baltimore's storybook season continue, or will Texas right the ship at the last second? Here are five of the biggest matchups that the game will come down to.

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