This Rays team has been winning games like they never have before...and they have done it by going through the toughest route in all of baseball. Of the Rays 71 games this year, 60 have been against teams with a record above .500. The next closest are the Blue Jays and Mariners who have both played 51 games against teams with a record above .500. Through these 60 games against good teams, the Rays have gone a staggering 34-25. Compare this to the Blue Jays and Mariners who have gone 23-28 and 18-33 respectively.
For the record, the Red Sox have only played 42 "tough" games compared to the Rays 60. This shows the Rays haven't just been doing it in the toughest division in all of baseball, but also their out-of-division games have been against top teams as well. The difficulty of schedules doesn't always sort out evenly between teams, but a difference of 18 games with the Sox should at least tighten a little bit.
Looking at stats like these makes you realize how truly special this team really is. For a team that has this much young talent to lace up and bring it every night against top teams with no fear, shows you how exciting this team will be to watch for years to come. Any guesses as to our record if we had the Sox schedule?