Playing A Little Pepper

As Rays fans, should we still be rooting for the Blue Jays and Red Sox to beat the Orioles?

At this point, catching the Orioles is nearly impossible. Sure, we could root for the Rays to pull within 3 games before that final series and then hope the Rays can sweep. But that is asking a lot. So let’s assume the Rays only win 2 of 3 in that final series. That would mean the Rays need to be within 1 game by the time that series starts. And to do that, the Rays would have to win 5 of 6 against the Red Sox and White Sox and the Orioles would have to lose 4 of 5 against the Jays and Red Sox. On the flipside, if the Orioles go out and win 4 of 5, they could wrap up a Wild Card spot prior to facing the Rays. They could then rest their big arms and open the door for the Rays to sweep and catch the A’s…GO ORIOLES!

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs

Lineup…

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

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6 Comments

  1. KT says:

    I’d much rather the Jays and Sox run the table on the O’s. I’m rooting against whatever team is ahead of us, and not rooting FOR any team except the Rays. Don’t go O’s, Don’t Go A’s, and Don’t Go Angels are my mantras this week.

  2. Tony says:

    Come on! After tonight the Rays are only 3 1/2 behind the Orioles.
    You NEVER root for the teams ahead of you to win. Never! Any why would the Orioles lay down and let the Rays into the playoffs if it means they’re going to get smacked with Price or Shields in a 1 game playoff? They would be writing their own tickets home if they did that.

  3. Rumpy says:

    Agreed. Never will I root for a team that we still have a slim chance of catching!

  4. Allen says:

    I want the Orioles to lose, but the teams that worry me the most are Oakland and the Angels. They don’t play each other, so somebody has got to knock them off.

    I want to see the A’s, Angels and Orioles lose every day. Go Rays!

  5. don says:

    The Important part: the Rays can only lose one(1)more game thus 71losses,Orioles/Oakland both have to lose 5 for 72losses
    Rays lose 2 slight chance for tie(with72losses) otherwise saya nara…

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