The Rays Tank: This Stretch Run Is Going To Be Nuts

Blurry Luke Scott says hey. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)

It's amazing how a few weeks can change so much. After riding high through the majority of August and taking a game and a half lead in the Wild Card race, the Rays have gone 5-5 over their last 10 games and have fallen back into the pack. They're still close to the top -- they're a mere half game behind the Orioles for the second Wild Card slot -- and the division isn't out of the question either (4 games back), but this race is going to come right down to the wire. There are currently five teams within four games of a Wild Card spot, so this is anyone's game.

With Niemann starting this weekend, the Rays have their full team together (well...minus S-Rod, I guess), so the only question is how strong they can finish the year. Will the offense come together enough? Will their pitching continue to carry the team? Here's hoping last night helps kick start them into a good series against the Blue Jays this weekend.

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