Red Sox 5, RAYS 2 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: There Is Still Hope, I Think. The Rays are now 5 games back with 15 to play. And according to CoolStandings.com, the Rays now have just an 8.1% chance of making the playoffs, down from 61.3% just 8 days ago. But then consider it was just 6.1% at the same point last year, and you begin to think the Rays can do this. And why are the Rays at 8.1% while the Phillies are at 1.4% despite only being 3.5 games back in the NL Wild Card? Because the Rays still have 3 games against the Orioles. So if we assume the Rays sweep those 3 games — unlikely, yes, but let’s just play along — then the Rays are really just 2 games back in the other 12 games they have left. All of a sudden things don’t seem so bad.
THE BAD: Now For The Bad News. The Rays aren’t chasing the Red Sox this year.
THE TELLING: The Rays sold 11,722 tickets for last night’s game. That was the 10th smallest crowd of the season and the smallest crowd to see the Red Sox at The Trop since 2003…Evan Longoria was not in the lineup in hopes of resting him for the final 15 games…It was good to hear Dave Wills‘ voice again. He missed a few games due to a family matter…Sam Fuld is expected to miss a few games with a sore hamstring…The Rays are also 2 games behind the Angels in the Wild Card.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- If you missed it last night, Alex Cobb and Jose Molina had to be separated in the dugout. [RI Video]
- Alex Cobb says he didn’t start the argument in the dugout. He also says he “wouldn’t approach a teammate in the dugout like that,” even though the video clearly shows it was Cobb that walked the length of the dugout and got into Jose Molina’s face. Besides, I am not sure the “He started it!” argument works much past the 7th grade. [The Heater]
- Evan Longoria says the team is pressing. [TBO.com]
- Joe Maddon had no problem with Bucs Coach Greg Schiano’s decision to try and force a fumble on the final play against the Giants this weekend. [TampaBay.com]