This post, which will appear before every game, will include starting lineups (when we learn them) and during the game will include a Game Graph that will constantly update the percent chance the Rays have of winning this particular game.

Playing A Little Pepper

Prior to the season, it was calculated that 89 wins would win the second Wild Card in an average season in the AL. And right now, the A’s lead the second Wild Card and are on pace for 88 wins. How many wins will the Rays need to make the playoffs?

The problem with this year’s Wild Card is the sheer number of teams still in the hunt. There are currently 4 teams within 3.5 games, and 6 teams within 6 games. You have to assume that a couple of those teams will get hot, just by sheer chance. And when that happens, the “pace” will increase. The number right now is 88. But will probably end up closer to…91 WINS

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs

Lineup…

  1. Flash Jennings, LF
  2. BJ Upton, CF
  3. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  4. Matt Joyce, RF
  5. Jeff Keppinger, DH
  6. Carlos Pena, 1B
  7. Ryan Roberts, 3B
  8. Jose Molina, C
  9. Elliot Johnson, SS
  10. Alex Cobb, SP

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