Say Goodbye to the Regular Season: Tampa Bay Rays @ Kansas City Royals

The first two games are 8:10 PM starts, the third game is a 7:10 PM start, and the Sunday game is an afternoon game that starts at 2:10 PM.

Thursday, Septmeber 30: Matt Garza (4.52 FIP) vs. Zack Greinke (3.36 FIP)

Friday, October 1: James Shields (4.26 FIP) vs. Bruce Chen (4.71 FIP)

Saturday, October 2: Wade Davis (4.83 FIP) vs. Kyle Davies (4.44 FIP)

Sunday, October 3: TBA vs. Sean O'Sullivan (6.01 FIP)

With four games left in the season, the Rays are in the driver's seat. Our magic number for the division is three, so If we win three of these four games, we clinch. Even if the Rays only split this series, the Yankees would need to sweep the Red Sox up at Fenway in order to finish ahead of us. Similarly, the Twins are a game behind us for the best record in baseball and they have a four game series against the Blue Jays. They're within striking distance, but again, it all comes back to the Rays - if we win three of these games, the division and the best record in baseball is all ours.

Tonight's game will be the toughest of the series - Zack Grienke hasn't gotten much love this season, but he's still an incredible pitcher - but thankfully Evan Longoria should be returning to the line-up. The Rays have missed his bat and glove (shut out twice against the Orioles?), and his offense will be a big lift. Hopefully this series will allow the Rays to tune up and get ready for the postseason without proving too stressful.

There's still no word on who will pitch the final game of the season, but my money is on either Jeremy Hellickson or Andy Sonnanstine (or a combination of both). It's becoming more and more unlikely that either will make the postseason roster, but they would both provide the Rays with a good chance at a victory.

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