Everyone was wondering what would happen when the unstoppable force met the unmovable object and it’s safe to say everyone was surprised at the result on Wednesday night. The Tampa Bay Rays proved they are legit World Series contenders in a 4-0 shutout victory over the Cleveland Indians in the AL Wild Card playoff game, and we learned a lot about this dangerous Tampa Bay team.
All year, everyone has thought the Rays were all David Price and nothing else, which was easy to believe after the ace’s complete game gem against the Rangers in the play-in game. However, Alex Cobb gave up eight hits without allowing a run, which proved the Rays have more than one capable playoff pitcher and a solid lineup to provide run support.
Delmon Young‘s third-inning home run started things off right for Tampa Bay against Cleveland and the Rays added three more runs while keeping the Indians scoreless. So now we get to see if they can do that against a proven title contender when they play the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS starting on Friday. Price won’t be ready for Game 1 of that series, but he’s slated for Game 2 and the Rays are confident in Matt Moore to give them a chance to upset Boston. However, it will take another great all-around team effort for that to happen. But the Rays have proven they like being the underdog.