The Rays Tank: The Win Streak Starts Today, Right?

September 18, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon (70) walks back to the dugout in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field. Boston Red Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

You have to give this to Joe Maddon: he's certainly trying to get the Rays turned around. He's keeping the clubhouse loose, and telling players not to show up until close to game time. He's showing clips of the 2008 ALCS, trying to get the Rays fired up and in the playoff mindset. He has made some potentially questionable decisions over the past few weeks -- nobody is perfect -- but as a manager, there's not a lot else you can do when your team is only getting a handful of hits a game.

And he's seemingly just as mystified as all of us about the lack of solid play over the past week:

"We normally thrive in these moments and we're playing kind of tight," he said. "We're playing uptight. We're jonesing a little bit out there and I don't understand why." (Tampa Bay Times)

At this point, there's not much else that can be done except sit back and hope for a miracle. Because it'd arguably be even more improbable for the Rays to reach the postseason than it was at this point last year.

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