A look at the Rays and Angels and their playoff hopes
The Angels have their slow start to blame; 6-14 was a rough start. Talk about a miserable off-season in the making considering they broke the bank to compete for a championship. 2002 is a long time ago; how many more times can Mike Scioscia fail and keep his job? Their payroll is insane at over 150M; adding Pujols and Wilson via free agency had people talking World Series.
The Rays on the other hand just put a smile on your face when you consider they consistently have one of the lowest payrolls in baseball, but continually compete with the giants of the sport. If they are going to make a movie about Moneyball, how about what the Rays have accomplished? They did play in a World Series. The A's haven't done that during the Moneyball era.
And does anyone in baseball draft better than the Rays? They have a new stud pitcher on the mound every year. How is it that the Rays get the best prospects and teams like the Royals and Pirates draft players that change very little?
Sure the Pirates had a great year prior to the September collapse, and the Royals are no longer a push over; but the Rays just challenge for postseason spots year after year. If I weren't already a Yankees fan I would root for the Rays in a heartbeat. It makes me sick that they never draw. They are the true definition of the little engine that could, or less is more. And Joe Maddon can manage my team any day of the week. The guy delivers results.
In my perfect world the Orioles or A's choke in the last week and the Rays get to play in the one game playoff. Whether its Big game James or Cy young candidate David Price on the mound-- gotta love their chances. Only if BJ Upton didn't strikeout almost every time up. Can you believe his on base percentage is under .300?
Should be a fun final 6 games, and the Rays finish with 3 at home against the Orioles. Never say never.