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Playoff race: Rays can decide AL East

Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:05 am
 


By C. Trent Rosecrans
 

OK, so the Yankees and Red Sox are both going to make the playoffs -- but the pennant chase in 2011 has slim pickings, so we're going to look at this race to start the playoffs at home against Justin Verlander and the Tigers.

New York Yankees
Record: 87-55
20 games remaining: 8 home, 12 road
Winning percentage of remaining opponents: .503
Coolstandings.com expectancy of division title: 73.3 percent
Coolstandings.com expectancy of playoff berth: 99.7 percent

Boston Red Sox
Record: 85-58, 2.5 games behind New York
19 games remaining: 10 home, 9 road
Winning percentage of remaining opponents: .516
Coolstandings.com expectancy of division title: 26.6 percent
Coolstandings.com expectancy of playoff berth: 98 percent

Tampa Bay Rays
Record: 78-64, 9 games behind New York, 6.5 games behind the Red Sox in the Wild Card race
20 games remaining: 9 home, 11 road
Winning percentage of remaining opponents: .527
Coolstandings.com expectancy of division title: 0.1 percent
Coolstandings.com expectancy of playoff berth: 2 percent

Playoff race

At this point of the season, a push is a win for the leaders, and in this case it's the Yankees, who remain 2.5 games up on the Red Sox. 

New York and Boston both lost on Thursday, with the Yankees dropping a make-up game in Baltimore before heading out west to face the Angels and Mariners, while Boston heads to Tampa Bay for the first of seven more games against the Rays. 

Not only do the Rays have a a full week's worth of games remaining against the Red Sox, they also have seven games remaining against the Yankees -- including a doubleheader on Sept. 21 and three games at Tropicana Field to end the season. Even if Tampa Bay doesn't make the playoffs -- and let's be honest, the chances are slim it will -- the Rays will have a say in which team wins the division and which team is off to Texas to start the playoffs against the Rangers.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:25 am
 

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Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 11:53 pm
 

Playoff race: Rays can decide AL East

I think that those percentages need to be modified regarding the Rays shot at either an AL EAST Title or WILDCARD spot. Rays have taken 2 straight from Boston. New York lost again. Boston is 2-9 in their last 11 and the injuries are mounting. Tampa Bay has the best starting 5 in the American League. Admit it or not, you're probably a little scared of the Rays right now!!!



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 11:22 am
 

Playoff race: Rays can decide AL East

Ya, whoever wrote this really needs to check the standings.  Tigers are ahead of the Rangers right now, and have a much weaker schedule left.  It will be the Tigers, not the Rangers, who have home field against the wild card winner.



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 11:22 am
 

Playoff race: Rays can decide AL East

The Rays will definitely have an impact if they win a lot...I see you've already given the AL West to the Rangers. That race is far from over and the Angels still have a very good chance. The Yankees and Red Sox probably know all about it, so they should be motivated.



Since: Jun 23, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2011 8:35 am
 

Playoff race: Rays can decide AL East

Yes they will.




Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 8:20 am
 

Playoff race: Rays can decide AL East

Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers are 1/2 a game ahead of Texas for the best record of the other division winners.  If the season ended today, Detroit would HOST the wild-card team and Texas would visit the East winner.




Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2011 3:58 am
 

Playoff race: Rays can decide AL East

Rays need more than a simple majority against Boston-at this stage, going 4-3 would be merely treading water.



Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2011 3:12 am
 

Playoff race: Rays can decide AL East

the Rays aren't out of it yet but they absolutely need to win the majority of those games vs the sox to do it.  if they win them all somehow, they have a hell of a lot more than a puncher's chance!


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