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THE GOOD: According to the Rays now have a 88.5% chance of winning the ALDS. The Red Sox have a 90.6% chance of winning their series. The Red Sox have the best chance to win the World Series at 27.7% and the Rays are second at 23.9%. The Dodgers are only 20.7% to win it all even though they have already advanced to the second round. No matter who wins the ALCS and NLCS, the AL team will be a heavy favorite.

THE BAD: Dome teams are 11-27 all-time in outdoor postseason games.

THE TELLING: Game time temperatures should be around 64 with a 50% chance of showers. The good news about the weather is that there is 15 mph wind blowing in from left field which could help negate the Sox power.


  • Carlos Pena is expected back in the lineup today. [Tampa Tribune]
  • We brought this up before, but expect the White Sox to try and slow the Rays down today and tomorrow with a wet track. [St. Pete Times]
  • Brittany Ghiroli takes a look at how the Rays speed is giving them an advantage over the White Sox. [MLB]
  • The New York Times has a nice feature story on Fernando Perez. [New York Times]
  • Rob Quinn breaks down 5 areas that are key to the Rays winning in Chicago. [The Examiner]
  • Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune breaks down what the White Sox need to do to win 3 in a row. [Chicago Tribune]
  • According to at least one oddsmaker in Vegas, the Rays are now the favorites to win the World Series at 2-1. Not bad considering it was 100-1 in Spring Training (thanks John).
  • From the 4-letter that until recently thought blogging was akin to taking a dump in the middle of the street, ESPN now has celebrity “bloggers“. Of those, is Lil’ Wayne and his prediction for World Series champs? The Rays. (Thanks Rex) [ESPN]
  • Marc Lancaster spoke with Cliff Floyd. [Tampa Tribune]
  • John Romano says, don’t forget about Carl Crawford. [St. Pete Times]
  • Tony Fabrizio takes a look back at the turning point in Matt Garza’s season when he and Dioner Navarro came to blows in the dugout. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Brant James takes a look at the controlled chaos that is Ozzie Guillen. [St. Pete Times]


  1. Sean G. says:

    as a rays fan, i have no problem with the White Sox messing with the infield. besides, i don't understand why people think it will only affect the Rays. sure the Rays may have fewer steals today, but the White Sox have to run on the same basepaths. that means, fewer hit and runs, fewer sac bunts AND more double plays for the Rays D. I would not be surprised if we see 3 or 4 double plays from the Rays today.

  2. ghost of fred mcgriff says:

    they are talking about "Seven Nation Army" over at DRays Bay but nobody is willing to admit who started it.

    great work Prof. that song is effin' awesome!

  3. ghost of fred mcgriff says:

    prof, i tried to give you credit but the comment got deleted. i guess freedom of speaking the truth doesn't extend to DRays Bay.


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