Rays Magic Number: 1

September 25, 2008 at 12:18 am | Posted in Baseball, Rays | Leave a comment

With three comeback wins in two days against the Baltimore Orioles, the Rays are 96-62 and their magic number is down to 1.  All that they need is one more win their next four games (at Detroit) or one Red Sox loss (vs. the Yankees) and they will be American League East champions for the first time in history!

In the last three games against the Orioles, the Rays came back from 2-0, 5-1, and 6-0 deficits.  Especially in the last two games, I really thought they would lose.  It’s very encouraging to see them come back the way that they have.  It also shows just how terrible the Orioles are right now.  It’s clear to me that they’re just phoning it in at this point and they’re thinking more about their off-season golf games than the baseball games they’re playing in September.

But cheer up, Orioles fans.  Your team actually reminds me a lot of the Rays.  The O’s have already won more games than the (Devil) Rays did last year.  Although things look bleak now, they have a bunch of good young players that are either in the majors now or will be soon.  A lineup built around Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, and Matt Wieters, along with pitchers like Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz gives them some real hope for the future.  Andy MacPhail has done a great job since he took over the team last year, and if Peter Angelos stays out of the way, the Orioles may very well turn things around and compete with the Rays for first place in the A.L. East in a few years!

As a matter of fact, if anyone out there is looking for a team start following as a fan, I’d highly recommend the Orioles.  As a Rays fan, I can tell you how incredibly fun it has been to start rooting for a team when they’re at rock bottom and watch them build their way up into a playoff team.  Believe me, it’s much better than jumping on the bandwagon of a team that’s already good!  Kansas City, Pittsburgh, and Washington would also be good teams to start following now.  All of them have nowhere to go but up!

If you’re already an Orioles fan, be sure to check out Orioles Card “O” the Day to get your fill of Oriole card blogging.

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