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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Are the Playoffs a possibility?

The Rays continue to fight with two weeks left in the 2018 season

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The Rays embark on a six game road trip this week before meeting up with New York: three at Texas, then four at Toronto. Meanwhile, the Yankees are about to play six games hosting Boston and Baltimore, three a piece.

Tampa Bay has been on quite a hot streak winning 20 of 25 games and cannot let up this week if the Rays want to have a prayer of catching the Yankees or A’s in the wildcard standings. TB took two of three against Oakland, losing one in extras, but they haven’t let up. Oakland is seven games ahead, New York 1.5 beyond that.

It’s still mathematically possible for the Rays to catch one of these two teams so we will continue reminding you of that until it’s done (and FWIW, Oakland is about to host the Angels and Twins this week). New York seems to be secure in keeping one of the Wild Card spots, so it’s possible - just possible enough - they start letting off the gas in September.

Just keep crossing your fingers.

The Rays playoff odds have fallen to 0.1% according to Fangraphs.

Rays News

  • Broadcaster Dewayne Staats has been out with a respiratory infection that saw the excellent Neil Solondz (check his memorable call on Cron’s dinger below) step into the booth on Sunday. Staats is expected to continue to miss time, with Fox Sports broadcaster Rich Hollenberg likely to step in as needed.
  • Marc Topkin writes that the Rays have much to be proud of after securing a winning record in the rebuilding year of 2018
  • Jake Faria is pitching with a “little bit of rust” (Faria’s words) after walking three in the ninth on Sunday, allowing Oakland to come back with four runs in the frame, nearly tying the score.
  • Juan Toribio wrote about the possible return of Jake Bauers bat for The Athletic
  • Bauers also flashed some stellar leather yesterday:
  • Meanwhile, Rob Refsnyder (remember him?) was this year’s Governor’s Cup MVP in Triple-A, which was awarded to Wong last year.

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