On the last day of the season, both the Sox and the Rays will trot their aces out to the mound in hopes of avoiding a one-game playoff. Jon Lester, who has lost his last three starts, will look to rebound and shut down the Orioles in the season finale. David Price will take the mound for the Rays at Tropicana Field, where he has struggled this season (he has a 4-9 record at home in 17 starts). Both the Braves and Cardinals will also have reliable starters on the last day of the season. Tim Hudson will hope to keep the Phillies from a franchise-best 102 win, while Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter will hope to continue his success against the Astros (he holds a 2.79 career ERA against Houston).
Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 ET
Key for the Sox: Lester needs to come out strong and deliver a statement on the hill.
Yankees at Rays, 7:10 ET
Key for the Rays: The Rays offense need to provide run support for Price, who has a losing record at home despite a 3.45 ERA at Tropicana Field.
Phillies at Braves, 7:10 ET
Key for the Braves: Atlanta needs their offense to show up to the park. It has been terrible in the first two games of the series.
Cardinals at Astros, 8:05 ET
Key for the Cardinals: Albert Pujols has been quiet in the series so far, but a big game from him could push the Cardinals to victory.