There were few stories around Major League Baseball more exciting than the string of wins the New York Yankees pulled off over the last week. They appeared ready to take on the entire world and win it all just to spite one pitcher. The only problem with that was that they had to play the Tampa Bay Rays and while the Rays surely appreciate a good story, they decided to beat the Yankees anyway just to pull even in the American League Eastern division.
I love this team; the Rays I mean. As good as the Boston Red Sox have been, which is pretty darn good by the way, they just have not been able to shake the Rays. You get the feeling now and even a few weeks ago that the Rays are going to be there at the end. Now with a few nice additions to their roster before September call-ups, it is beginning to look like they might not only be there at the end but also on top.
Currently they will go into play on Sunday tied with the Red Sox for the division lead. That’s good news for many reasons. One of those is that they will have a tough time sweeping the Yankees as good as they have been playing. It’s not impossible just unlikely. The Red Sox are still playing the Los Angeles Dodgers which isn’t fun for anyone but Dodger fans at this point so it could be a good day to stay even or gain a game.
Either way the Rays have to feel really good about where they are. I don’t think they are peaking too early with their latest additions because Joe Maddon seems to have plenty of ability to fill out a line-up card. They’ll work their guys in and get everyone rested while playing well. It could be the best of worlds, fighting hard to win and resting up to win it all. It wouldn’t have been anyone’s pick at the start of the season but the Rays look ready to win a trophy anyway.