The 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 19th
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 10 Rays wins/Indians losses will clinch a Wild Card berth for Tampa Bay.
Latest scores: Rays defeated the Los Angeles dodgers, 8-7; the Athletics and Indians both walked off with Cleveland defeating Detroit, 2-1, and Oakland defeated Kansas City, 1-0.
Today’s action (probable pitchers from MLB; gameday odds from 538):
Rays are off
Athletics are off
Indians vs Detroit Tigers, Mike Clevinger vs Daniel Norris. Cleveland has a 76% chance of winning. First pitch is 7:15 ET
Tampa Bay - 9- 4 against Boston, 2 against New York, & 3 against Toronto
Oakland - 9 - 3 against Texas, 2 against Los Angeles, & 4 against Seattle
Cleveland - 10 - 1 against Detroit, 3 against Philadelphia, 3 against Chicago, & 3 against Washington
FanGraphs Playoffs Odds
Tampa Bay 59.9%