Time to Get Serious
Looks like the Rays will have a nice crowd for the Yankees tonight and while the team seems to be somewhat nonchalant about the necessity of winning the series with the division leaders, the numbers tell another story.
Tonight’s game is the Rays’ 100th of the season, so they have 63 games — including tonight’s — to overcome a 6 1/2 game deficit, which is the margin they trail the Yankees. Making up 6 1/2 games in 63 games is a difficult proposition. Even more disturbing for Rays fans is the prospect of a Yankees sweep. If that happens it’s hard to imagine the Rays overcoming a 9 1/2 game margin.
It might be July, but these are big, big, games for the Rays.