Crucial X-Factors in Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers AL Wild Card Play-In Game

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Crucial X-Factors in Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers AL Wild Card Play-In Game
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The two best words in all of sports are "Game 7." However, we can amend that to say that any winner-take-all game deserves to be recognized for its gravitas and intense emotional moments.

That is what the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers will face on Monday night in Arlington, Texas, as these two teams play their 163rd game of the 2013 Major League Baseball season for the right to make the postseason.

What's so fitting about this game is the way the Rays and Rangers got here. Both had to fight the last weekend of the season to keep pace with the Cleveland Indians, who will host the winner of this game on Wednesday night, and now they can determine who is best head-to-head.

In anticipation of this huge game, it is fitting that we highlight the biggest X-factors to watch on Monday night. Some of these are players you know well, while others may be waiting for their shining moment.

Note: All stats courtesy of FanGraphs and Baseball Reference unless otherwise noted.

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