Good bye regular season, hello post season!

September 29, 2008 at 12:32 am | Posted in Baseball, Rays | Leave a comment

Baseball’s regular season ended today, and for the first time in Rays history, it is not the end of the road.  With an 11-inning win against the Tigers today, the Rays finish the season 97-65!  That’s a 31-game improvement over last year’s 66-96 record.  Just because it shows you how astonishingly different this season has been, here’s a look at the team’s record in their first 10 seasons:

  • 1998: 63-99 (Last place in A.L. East, worst record in American League)
  • 1999: 69-93 (Last place in A.L. East)
  • 2000: 69-92 (Last place in A.L. East)
  • 2001: 62-100 (Last place in A.L. East, worst record in MLB)
  • 2002: 55-106 (Last place in A.L. East, worst record in MLB)
  • 2003: 63-99 (Last place in A.L. East)
  • 2004: 70-91 (4th place in A.L. East)
  • 2005: 67-95 (Last place in A.L. East)
  • 2006: 61-101 (Last place in A.L. East, worst record in MLB)
  • 2007: 66-96 (Last place in A.L. East, worst record in MLB)

Their first playoff game will be on Thursday, against either the Minnesota Twins or the Chicago White Sox.  The White Sox are 1/2 game behind the Twins and they play a make-up game against Detroit tomorrow.  If they win, they will face the Twins in a one-game playoff.  I don’t have a strong preference for who the Rays will face.  They were 3-3 against the Twins this year and 6-4 against the White Sox.  The fact that the Twins are another dome team would mean that the Rays would have less of a home-field advantage against them.  On the other hand, the White Sox have two really good lefties in their rotation (Mark Buehrle and John Danks) and the Rays sometimes struggle against lefties.  Either way, I can’t wait for Thursday!

Here’s a look at the final A.L. East standings.  Aren’t they beautiful?

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And congratulations to the Milwaukee Brewers for clinching a playoff spot for the first time since 1982.  I’m thrilled that Prince Fielder’s team will be in the postseason.  It’s also great to see another small market underdog team make it.  I’m still rooting for a Tampa Bay vs. Milwaukee World Series!

Finally, it’s hilarious to see the Mets collapse in September again.  I’m happy that they missed the playoffs after how they treated Willie Randolph earlier this year.  Bad karma!

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