ST. PETERSBURG (CBS) The Tampa Bay Rays are in position to make this AL Wild Card race interesting down the final stretch in September.
A 6-2 win against the Toronto Blue Jays last night puts Tampa Bay 1 1/2 games closer to Boston in the Wild Card race after the Red Sox were clobbered by the Yankees 9-1 yesterday.
The Rays have evened the series with the Blue Jays and will have a chance to win this afternoon with Wade Davis on the hill. With the way Boston has been playing this month the Rays have a great chance to make their playoff push with four games remaining in the regular season.
Boston needs a miracle today as they take on New York in a double header that could determine their playoff chances with the Rays hot on their trail.
Tampa Bay has made an unbelievable run that seemed impossible during the all-star break, but the young team started playing playoff-caliber baseball close to three weeks ago.
“It’s outstanding,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said to reporters during the post game. “If you would have told us at the beginning of Spring Training we’d be in this position right now, I think the whole organization would take it, the players would take it and the fan base would take it.”
The team is feeling it, the fans are invested and the atmosphere at Tropicana Field feels like the playoffs have already begun. Tampa Bay looks to close out the series with Toronto this afternoon starting at 1: 40 PM ET.