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.
Friday, September 20th
Standings: Rays are tied for the second Wild Card spot with the Cleveland Indians. Both teams are two games back of the Oakland Athletics for the top spot.
Latest scores: Rays and Athletics were both off on Thursday. The Indians defeated the Detroit Tigers, 7-0.
Today’s action (probable pitchers from MLB; gameday odds from 538):
Rays vs Boston Red Sox, Charlie Morton vs Rick Porcello. Tampa Bay has a 60% chance of winning. First pitch is at 7:10 ET
Athletics vs Texas Rangers, Mike Fiers vs Mike Minor. Oakland has a 61% chance of winning. First pitch is at 10:07 ET
Indians vs Philadelphia Phillies, Shane Bieber vs Drew Smyly. Cleveland has a 63% chance of winning. First pitch is 7:00 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 - 9 - 3 against Philadelphia, 3 against Chicago, & 3 against Washington
FanGraphs Playoffs Odds
Tampa Bay 54.5%