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Playoff Race: Rays inching up on Red Sox

Posted on: September 11, 2011 6:54 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2011 10:08 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


We looked at this race Friday night, and wouldn't you know it, the Rays won the next two games to sweep the Red Sox and pull to within 3 1/2 games in the AL Wild Card. Sunday's 9-1 rout of the Red Sox got the Rays within three of the Red Sox in the loss column. The two ballclubs still have a four-game series against each other, too, but that one is in Boston. A true difference-maker could very well be the 11-game road trip for the Rays. They return home for their final six games, but a bad road trip and the season is over. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have an eight-game homestand. Translation: The time is now for the Red Sox -- who have lost nine of their last 12 -- to wake up and bury the Rays.

Boston Red Sox
Record: 85-61
Remaining Schedule: 2 vs. TOR, 4 vs. TB, 4 vs. BAL, 3 at NYY, 3 at BAL
Coolstandings.com chances at Wild Card: 70.3 percent

Tampa Bay Rays
Record: 81-64, 3.5 GB
Remaining Games: 3 at BAL, 4 at BOS, 4 at NYY, 3 vs. TOR, 3 vs. NYY
Coolstandings.com chances at Wild Card: 10.1 percent

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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 2:34 pm
 

Playoff Race: Rays inching up on Red Sox

Boston's problem's cannot be summed up by saying the pitching staff didn't hold up.Same goes with all the injuries.This team could have over come the bad pitching & the injuries.Every team has injuries.If they had consistantly hit as they were touted to do they could have overcame those injuries.Virtually every major publication had them going to the WS based on their lineup, not their pitching.I think the players read all that stuff & it went to their head.When they started 2-10 in April(When everyone was healthy) nobody seemed too concerned.They knew the hitting would come around & it did.They were beating teams 15-3.They were scoring in double digits 2 or 3 or 4 times a week.
Then came the Allstar break.Adrian,Jacoby,Lester, Ortiz & all the stars smiled for pictures, had a home run derby & told each other how great they are.It all went strait to their heads & shortly thereafter the hitting came to a screeching halt.Lesser teams began shutting them out.10-0 twice.
Yesterday, they had a chance to right the ship.Instead their best pitcher laid an egg, the poor hitting continued & they had their bats handed to them 9-1.To Tampa Bay, whose payroll is about a fifth of Bostons.Somewhere around 43M.Boston once paid 51M just to talk to Matuzaka......The irony of it all.....The Rays are playing like they have a goal.Boston's just showing up,especially on pay days.The Red Sox still might go to the playoffs, but if they don't the fans will be far more upset about it than the players.
I've been a Sox fan since '66 & I feel like I've earned the chance to call 'em as I see 'em.TB & the KC Royals(who have lost 80+games)are both playing with more heart & intensity than the "One of the best lineups ever fielded"Once again, we've been had.GO RAYS!!!!!!!!!!!




Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: September 12, 2011 11:31 am
 

Playoff Race: Rays inching up on Red Sox

The Rays now can be a major player. Not only do they have a 4 game set with Boston, but 7 more games with the Yankees. Far fetched, but a division crown is not out of reach for them either. If the sweep of the Sox is a sign of them heating up, then they are in a position to make a big move. Interesting last 2 weeks.




Since: Jun 23, 2010
Posted on: September 12, 2011 10:41 am
 

Playoff Race: Rays inching up on Red Sox

no. its not all about pitching. if that were true then the yankees wouldn't lead the american league in wins. their rotation sucks and it doesnt matter. they have cc and a bunch of crap.



Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 10:01 am
 

Playoff Race: Rays inching up on Red Sox

John Lackey hasn't pitched very well this year, but he has twelve wins; it is not ridiculous to think that he could win another.  Tim Wakefield has pitched well enough to have won his 200th game weeks ago.  Both of those pitchers are .500 pitchers.  The odds are pretty good that they can win one of those two games, and it's not out of the question that they could win both.  The Blue Jays aren't the Yankees; they're not even the Rays.  They're a .500 team.  Again, the money would have to be on a split of those two games.  So your sneering gets off to a bad start.  Yes, the Red Sox are in a skid.  They've had a couple of skids before this year, and each time have pulled out and played well.  No question, they have to pull themselves together now, but the only moron is the one who thinks that it's impossible for them to do so. 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 9:40 am
 

Playoff Race: Rays inching up on Red Sox

The Sox are in trouble. Injuries have decimated the staff and the Rays have probably the best overall rotation in the AL East. They have the momentum. I hate to see this happening, but it is no longer the forgone conclusion it was just a week ago that both the Sox and Yanks would make the playoffs.




Since: Jun 23, 2010
Posted on: September 12, 2011 8:30 am
 

Playoff Race: Rays inching up on Red Sox

Redsox need to play better

Go Red Sox

 




Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: September 12, 2011 7:53 am
 

Playoff Race: Rays inching up on Red Sox

Gonna be really rough but, will be pretty amazing if rays pull this off and snatch that wild card spot.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 2:22 am
 

Playoff Race: Rays inching up on Red Sox

Ok let's be realistic. Morrow and Romero pitch for the Blue Jays against Lackey and Wakefield. Which of those games do you realistically see Boston winning? I didn't think so. After that, you're looking at a 4 game series in which the only confirmed starter who might win a game is Lester -- yeah, the Lester they mopped the floor with today and who choked against the Yankees, too (lots of pitches, not too many outs). Where do you see the Red Sox advantage in more than one of the following 6 games? I think we can agree that the Rays have a realistic chance of sweeping the Orioles, or of winning 2 of 3.That would put them at two games behind going to Boston, if the Blue Jays take care of business against the inferior competition. 3 of 4 for Tampa over the weekend and you're tied with 2 weeks left. Pathetic as the Red Sox have become, you're staring reality in the face, moron.


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