Sure, the grand-scheme chances look ugly, but the reality is the Rays have 20 games until they play the Sox again in September at the Trop. So to score at least one more meaningful, edge-of-your seat game, the Rays have to make up four games in the standings over the next 20.
Is that so crazy?
Maybe it is with half those 20 against Detroit and Texas, but the Sox have half of their next 2o against Texas and the Yankees.
At this point, a pile of you are saying, ‘Joe, the Rays are toast. Stop wasting our freakin’ time.’ But Joe wouldn’t mind betting a few nickels the Rays are within four when the Sox head back to Tampa on Sept. 9.
Just the thought of cold beer and a playoff atmosphere still to come is enough for Joe to hold on to hope.
The Rays have dished out so much fun and quality pitching this month. There’s the 10-5 record, a winning record against the demons of the AL East, Dezmon Jennings, plus Kelly Shoppach launching another bat into the crowd and nailing a Yankee fan. Is there anything more fun that Sloppy lettin’ it fly?
Yeah, the Rays are probably going to keep playing the same kind of maddening ball and finish with 89 wins and nowhere close to the postseason. But Joe’s willing to bet there are big games left to play.