If you have been hanging around these parts for a while, you know that the model for this site is to tell you what the Rays have done, what they are doing and try to project what they will do based on what we have learned. Unlike most team blogs, we do not very often tell you what the Tampa Bay Rays should do. We prefer to live under the premise that the people that run the Rays are smarter than we are, and know many, many more things that even the most learned fan will never know.
However, for the next 12 days we will step away from the standard, and we present to you 12 “presents” the Tampa Bay Rays should give to their fans. Looking back at last year’s 12 Days of Raysmas, we see that the Rays didn’t come through on very many of our wishes, and the result was a somewhat disappointing season. Let’s hope that changes in 2010.
On the tenth day of Raysmas, the Tampa Bay Rays gave to us, TEN wins versus each divisional rival…
Here is the breakdown of how the Rays performed against their AL East rivals in 2009:
New York 7-11
Of course, if the Rays went 10-8 against both Boston and New York in 2009, it wouldn’t have made much of a difference. Take 3 wins from the Yankees and 1 win from the Red Sox and give those 4 wins to the Rays and the Rays still finish 12 back in the division and 6 games behind the Red Sox in the Wild Card.
But if the Rays want to win the toughest division in baseball, they can’t lose ground to their divisional foes.