THE GOOD: The White Sox this season are 5-17 in dome games, batting .233/.295/.369 in those games.
THE BAD: Having to wait until Thursday for game 1. The Rays have a strong pitching matchup in Game 1, but if that game was this afternoon, it would be a near-guaranteed win.
THE TELLING: The Rays could get lucky with the weather in games 3 and 4 (if necessary) in Chicago. Game time temps should be in the mid-60’s or even low 70s depending on start times. Certainly weather in Chicago this time of year could be much worse…According to CoolStandings.com the Rays have a 59.9% chance of winning the ALDS.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- In case you missed it yesterday afternoon, we ran a bunch of “Webtopia” links in the evening “Happy Hour” feature. [Rays Index]
- For those that have been asking, we will bring you a Rays Index Live Blog-A-Baloo tomorrow afternoon for Game 1 of the ALDS
- The Rays still haven’t announced the rest of their postseason roster. [Tampa Tribune]
- My Fox Tampa Bay has more images of the postseason banners that went up at the Trop yesterday (thanks Rumpy). [My Fox Tampa Bay]
- Ken Rosenthal says there is no reason to start doubting the Rays, noting that the Rays offense may be peaking at the right time. He predicts Rays in 4. [Fox Sports]
- Tim Kurkjian takes a look at several questions heading into the ALDS and predicts the Rays to win in 5. [ESPN]
- Marc Topkin looks at 10 moves that turned around the Rays season. [St. Pete Times]
- Not content with just one list, Marc Topkin brings us the top 10 wins. [St. Pete Times]
- Home Run Derby says the White Sox MVP this season was the coin that won them home field advantage in the one-game playoff.
- The Phillies “Ain’t S#!t” compared to the Rays. [Bugs and Cranks]
- A Chicago sports blog breaks down the White Sox and Rays position-by-position and predicts a White Sox win in 4 games. [Top Ten Chicago Sports]
- Steven Girardi takes a look at the delicate balance between the search for civic pride in St. Pete for those that are offended by references to Tampa and the “Tampa Rays” and the need for the team to incorporate a more regional identity. [The Suncoast News]
- Of course, even though we grew up in Tampa, the headline “On To Tampa” even annoys us. It just reeks of ignorance. [The Heater]
- Joe Henderson says Cliff Floyd’s experience will be invaluable. [Tampa Tribune]