These two franchises are the subjects of two of the biggest stories of the 2012 Major League Baseball season. Given their vastly different narratives, Baltimore and Texas seemed destined to face each other in this one-game playoff.
The Orioles are the young and unpredictable bunch that spent a majority of the season defying statistics as they continued to grind out wins.
The Rangers are the two-time defending AL Pennant winners looking to exorcise their World Series demons after back-to-back defeats in the Fall Classic.
In fact, no playoff matchup features two teams with less in common than Baltimore and Texas. Now the Orioles and Rangers will do battle in a single-game showdown for the right to face the New York Yankees in the American league Division Series.
As we approach tomorrow night’s first pitch, here are the six biggest matchups to look for when Baltimore and Texas take the field at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.