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Old 08-31-2018, 07:59 PM
 
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They lost to Cleveland tonight, but...I think that is 9 wins in their last 11...
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Old 09-03-2018, 01:22 AM
 
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Took the Cleveland series and face Toronto and Baltimore next. They have two more series against Toronto this month. Things could get interesting in the wildcard race if the Rays sweep Oakland.....
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Old 09-04-2018, 05:07 AM
 
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Default RAYS 7, Tor 1

They beat Toronto last night, so they continue to play well. Is it a little too late?
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Old 09-07-2018, 03:41 AM
 
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Probably. If not for their 2-12 start they'd be in the thick of the wildcard race.

Any winning record is a huge success for a rebuild year. The Rays are sitting pretty for next year and will have about $60mil to add to the current payroll. I'm not even sure if they should spend that much.
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Old 09-08-2018, 06:25 PM
 
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I doubt they will spend that much. But, can they build on this year?

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Old 09-09-2018, 12:20 PM
 
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They beat Toronto last night, so they continue to play well. Is it a little too late?
Baseball Prospectus lists them with just a 0.7 % chance of making the post season, so barring a miraculous series of events, 2018 looks unlikely. They have certainly raised expectations for 2019.

If it serves as a consolation, I think it probable that they will sail past Seattle to become the AL team with the best record among those who didn't reach the post season. Tampa Bay has outscored their opponents by 57 runs while Seattle has been outscored by 53. The Rays expected Pythag record would be exactly what it is 77-64, but the Mariners expected record is 65-77.
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Old 09-10-2018, 02:02 AM
 
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The 2011 club had a 0.3% chance in making the post season, but that was as of Sept 3 that year.
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Old 09-10-2018, 02:15 AM
 
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I doubt they will spend that much. But, can they build on this year?
I love Gomez's passion for the game but he's the player I'd focus on upgrading. Then of course pitching.

Even with this rag-tag staff, the Rays will most likely end the season with the best ERA and WHIP in the AL East. Imagine what guys actually making a few million per year could do.
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Old 09-12-2018, 09:24 PM
 
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Tampa Bay has now passed the Mariners in the standings. They are 8.5 games behind Oakland for the second wild card.
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Old 09-13-2018, 02:52 PM
 
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Tampa Bay has now passed the Mariners in the standings. They are 8.5 games behind Oakland for the second wild card.
Probably too little, too late, but if they can sweep the A's this weekend at least it'll keep them breathing for another week or so.
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