he Rays are embroiled in a three-way race for two American League Wild Card slots. For Rays fans, this means every day has the potential for joy or despair.
Between now and whenever the Wild Card teams are determined we’ll provide a daily update on the state of the race.
Wednesday, September 18th
Standings: Rays are sitting in the second Wild Card spot, two games back of the Oakland Athletics and a half game ahead of the Cleveland Indians.
Magic number: Any combination of 11 Rays wins/Indians losses will clinch a Wild Card berth for Tampa Bay.
Latest scores: Rays lost to the Los Angels Dodgers, 5-7; the Athletics took a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals while the Cleveland Indians pummeled the Detroit Tigers, 7-2.
Today’s action (probable pitchers from MLB; gameday odds from 538):
Rays vs. LA Dodgers, Brendan McKay vs. Tony Gonsolin. Odds: Rays have 38% chance of winning. First pitch is 8:10
Athletics vs. KC Royals, Andrew Bailey vs Danny Duffy. Odds: Athletics have 69% chance of winning. First pitch is 3:37 ET
Indians vs Detroit Tigers, Aaron Civale vs. Spencer Turnbull. Cleveland has a 71% chance of winning. First pitch is 7:10 ET