Playing A Little Pepper

The Rays are 12-5 in their last 17 games. At this point, all you can do is tip your cap to the Indians who have gone 14-2 over the same stretch. And yes, they played the White Sox, the Royals, the Astros, and the Twins. But 14-2 against anybody is impressive…A few times this season we ran a post called “The Chase for 92 Wins.” That number was based on past seasons and what it took to be a (hypothetical) second Wild Card. While that number was more as a landmark and less of an exact goal, it is ironic that if the Rays would be a playoff team if they had 92 wins and they might miss if they win 91 games…Evan Longoria 8-5 with 6 home runs in the final game of the regular season. Those six home runs are tied with Stan Musial for the most ever on the final game of the season (per ELIAS).

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs

Lineup…

  1. David DeJesus, CF
  2. Wil Myers, RF
  3. James Loney, 1B
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  6. Delmon Young, DH
  7. Matt Joyce, LF
  8. Jose Lobaton, C
  9. Yunel Escobar, SS
  10. Matt Moore, SP

 

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3 Comments

  1. Dean says:

    Shouldn't Wil be getting a day off today?

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  2. Dave L says:

    I have found 1 perverse incentive working in our favor.

    The Indians and Rangers opponents are the Angels and Twins.

    The Twins are guaranteed the 4th or 5th pick in next years draft regardless of todays outcome.

    Likewise the Angels will have the 14th worst record after today.

    BUT the BJays are currently slotted at #11 tied with the Brewers at 74 wins. If the Brewers lose today and the Jays win they will be slotted with the 11th pick in next years draft which would cause them to lose a Draft pick if they go after a prime free agent. Wheras the Brewers would not lose one because they have one of the top ten picks!

    The Brewers game starts only 3 minutes after ours. What if they both tie? Am I missing something on this? Am I crazy? I didnt read about this anywhere lately so I am doing this analysis on my own and I may be wrong here.

    Ok admittedly I am grasping at a thin reed but could the Jays organizational needs out weigh their satisfaction of wanting to punk us out of the playoffs?

    Hopefully yes, we need all the help we can at this point. Something as simple as bullpen management could be enough for them to lose.

    I hate that it has come to this.

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