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Playoff Race: Rays inching up on Red Sox

Posted on: September 11, 2011 6:54 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2011 10:08 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


We looked at this race Friday night, and wouldn't you know it, the Rays won the next two games to sweep the Red Sox and pull to within 3 1/2 games in the AL Wild Card. Sunday's 9-1 rout of the Red Sox got the Rays within three of the Red Sox in the loss column. The two ballclubs still have a four-game series against each other, too, but that one is in Boston. A true difference-maker could very well be the 11-game road trip for the Rays. They return home for their final six games, but a bad road trip and the season is over. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have an eight-game homestand. Translation: The time is now for the Red Sox -- who have lost nine of their last 12 -- to wake up and bury the Rays.

Boston Red Sox
Record: 85-61
Remaining Schedule: 2 vs. TOR, 4 vs. TB, 4 vs. BAL, 3 at NYY, 3 at BAL
Coolstandings.com chances at Wild Card: 70.3 percent

Tampa Bay Rays
Record: 81-64, 3.5 GB
Remaining Games: 3 at BAL, 4 at BOS, 4 at NYY, 3 vs. TOR, 3 vs. NYY
Coolstandings.com chances at Wild Card: 10.1 percent

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Comments

Since: Jul 16, 2010
Posted on: September 12, 2011 12:08 am
 

Playoff Race: Rays inching up on Red Sox

red sox are probably playing the worst they can right now.. they havent hit rock bottom, have they? =/



Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: September 12, 2011 12:07 am
 

Playoff Race: Rays inching up on Red Sox

Wait a minute - the BoSox fans were looking at their magic number over the Yankees 2 weeks ago. And now they are looking behind at the Rays? It really is all about pitching, isn't it?




Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: September 11, 2011 11:48 pm
 

Playoff Race: Rays inching up on Red Sox

Be realistic-they had to sweep this series to have a ghost of a chance at the WC. Even now, their practical chances are slim, not to mention their mathematical ones.




Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: September 11, 2011 10:10 pm
 

Playoff Race: Rays inching up on Red Sox

My bad on the error there. Thanks and it's fixed.

By the way, can you show me where I buried the Rays a month ago? I'll save you time ... I never said anything of the sort.

- Matt



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: September 11, 2011 9:13 pm
 

Playoff Race: Rays inching up on Red Sox

They Rays actually have 11 games on the road - 3 at BAL, 4 at BOS and 4 at NYY (there is a double header in the middle to make up for an earlier rain out), just FYI.  Insofar as the Red Sox "burying" the Rays, well everyone, including you Mr. Snyder, had them buried a month ago.  Looks like we might have a zombie problem on our hands boys and girls. 
On a more positive note, the Rays are up from a 0.2 percent chance to a whopping 10.1 to win the wildcard according to this post and coolstandings.com.  I love long odds.  keep em coming. 
Go Rays! 



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