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

It is starting to look like 5 teams (Rays, Tigers, A’s, O’s, Angels) for 2 Wild Card spots. The Angels have to be a heavy favorite for the first spot (even though they are currently 4th among these teams). Which is the other team that Rays fans should be most worried about?

Eventually the Orioles luck is going to run out. They are 8 games over .500 despite being outscored 54 runs this season. No other team with a winning record has been outscored in either league. And the A’s have more than one-third of their remaining games (18 of 52) against the Rangers, Angels and Yankees. That leaves the Tigers…DETROIT TIGERS

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs

Lineup…

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

Song to get you pumped up

Let’s get some hits! (lots of NSFW language)

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4 Comments

  1. KT says:

    I feel like the Tigers are going to win their division. How strong are the White Sox, and can we expect them to fall off considerably?

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    • ALLEN says:

      If the Rays don't make it, I'd be satisfied with the Tigers. I'm a Jim Lehland fan and live in Lakeland where the Tigers train. I know the odds are against it but I'm hoping the Rays go on a tear, overtake the Yankees and get their division. Go Rays!

      Speaking of odds, I'm kinda in an optimistic mood right now. When the S&P 500 was at 1300 I bet a friend it would go to 1400 before going to 1200. I won the bet yesterday and am now $1,000,010 richer. Mind you, I haven't collected yet, but I do expect at least to get a portion of my winnings. I was wondering if there are any readers interested in a similiar wager favoring Molina and Pena reaching a .200 batting average this year. I'm saying they won't make it and that neither will wear a Rays uniform next year as a player.

      No team that is a contender is going to trade a hitting catcher or shortstop. We need help but neither Lee nor Beckham nor anyone else down there is ready to make the trip to St. Petersburg,. Could Gimenez be ready? He'll turn 30 in December!

      Good hitting seems to be hard to come by everywhere nowadays. It's just a little worse in Tampa Bay.

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  2. Don says:

    What teams fear the Rays?...tigers don't think so, angels..nope.... A's and the o's ...no they already kicked the Rays ass....Maybe Rays ought to fear fear itself..think someone else said that..or maybe I made it up...

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    • slacker775 says:

      I dunno. The Angels probably don't really want to see us on their schedule. If I'm not mistaken, we are 5-1 against them. I believe we are pretty much split against the A's and O's. Tigers have had our number for a year or two though. Odd how those kinds of things work.

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