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Playoff race: Rays could catch Boston on Sunday

Posted on: September 24, 2011 10:10 pm
Edited on: September 24, 2011 10:12 pm
Carl Crawford

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Rays could catch the Red Sox as soon as Sunday following Saturday's 6-2 victory over the Blue Jays and the Red Sox's 9-1 loss to the Yankees. Tampa Bay trails Boston by just 1.5 games after Saturday's games.

Wade Davis takes the hill for Tampa Bay against Brett Cecil, while the Red Sox send Tim Wakefield and John Lackey to the mound for their doubleheader in New York against A.J. Burnett and Ivan Nova. A Rays win and a Yankees sweep would tie the teams in the wild card standings with just three games remaining.

If you're a Red Sox fan, it looks like now's the time to get nervous (if you weren't already).

Here's what's left for both teams:

Boston Red Sox
Remaining schedule: 2 @ NYY, 3 @BAL expectancy of wild card: 88.4 percent

Tampa Bay Rays
87-71, 1.5 GB
Remaining schedule: 1 v. TOR, 3 v. NYY expectancy of wild card: 10 percent

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Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2011 10:44 pm

Playoff race: Rays could catch Boston on Sunday

Pretty sure you ae wrong on this.  A tie for the wild card would be a one game playoff.  Pretty sure the tie-breaker only works for the division title.

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2011 10:42 pm

Playoff race: Rays could catch Boston on Sunday

The odds are still against the Rays, but keep in mind that the Rays have the tie-breaker over the Red Sox (head-to-head). So a tie means the Rays win the wildcard. 

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