David Price

While they are still alive in the AL East, at this point it is more realistic for the Rays to focus on being one of the two Wild Card teams and another team’s recent decision has just made that a little more difficult.

Late last week, it looked like the Detroit Tigers could decide to blow up their roster and trade David Price and Yoenis Cespedes. Now, it is starting to sound more and more like that won’t happen. The latest comes from Joel Sherman.

This is huge for the Rays, not only because they are facing Price tonight, but because the Tigers are one of several teams the Rays are battling for the second Wild Card spot.

Here are the standings as of Tuesday morning:

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Remember, when it comes to the Wild Card, the number of teams still in the hunt is just as important as the number of games back the Rays are. A deficit of 3.5 games is not too tough to overcome. Outplaying seven teams for one of two spots may be. That task would have been easier if the Tigers were trading away two of their best players.

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  1. Jeff says:

    David Price is overrated, get over it! The Rays are young and talented, and will do fine whether Price stays in Detroit or not. Who cares about Detroit or Price for that matter

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  2. Woodrow744 says:

    Here's what's so damn cool about baseball. Right now, none of us think this team can make the playoffs. Not gonna happen. BUT, they are on the cusp of .500 ball and we aren't even into August. If we catch lightning in a bottle and rip off 9 out of 12 or at least a nice run, this thing is within our reach. Not predicting it, but it can and does happen. Remember, last year was lost over a period of about 3 1/2 weeks.
    Playoff games in the Trop really upset the national media, Red Sox Nation, and countless others, so for no other reason I'm hoping the boys get their feces together and put together a nice little streak that infuriates the haters.

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  3. Dave L says:

    Did anyone seriously think Detroit would throw in the towel in July only 4.5 games back of a WC berth with 60 + games to play? Some of these what if guys take themselves too seriously, its an echo chamber of MLB pundits beleiving thier own scenarios they cook up endlessly

    Two wild card teams met in the WS last year.

    Minn, Balt, Jays and Rays are all deeply flawed teams as is the Tigers.

    You can't do that to your fan base this early

    Houston is talented but young so they could falter even.

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  4. Pat says:

    We are still in the hunt and nothing is impossible. It concerns me slightly that the Rays are only 3.5 back on this list, but have played more games than every other team on the list, making our hill just a little bit harder to climb.

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    • Geoff Peterson says:

      Yeah but if you compare them to Detroit, they're 2 ahead in the win column. That means Detroit has to win both games in hand just to get even.

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