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Rays clinch third straight postseason berth after win over division rival Blue Jays

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The Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday defeated the Blue Jays by a rating of 7-1 (box score) and in doing so secured a berth within the 2021 postseason. This additionally implies that the Rays will make three straight journeys to the playoffs for the primary time in franchise historical past.

In 2019, they claimed a wild card spot, and within the abbreviated 2020 season they received the AL East title. Whereas at current they’re ensured of nothing greater than a wild card berth, they’re going to nearly definitely clinch a second straight division championship within the coming days. General, that is the group’s seventh playoff look.

The Rays be a part of the Giants, Dodgers, and Brewers as groups which have secured spots within the upcoming playoffs

The win on Wednesday pushed the Rays’ report to 94-59, and so they want simply 4 extra victories over their remaining 9 common season video games to set the franchise report for wins in a season. Presently, the 2008 pennant-winning membership holds that report with 97 wins. 

The Rays are additionally main the race for high general seed within the American League. In the event that they fend off the Astros on that entrance, then they’re going to line up towards the winner of the Wild Card Sport within the ALDS. On condition that each wild card groups will doubtless come from the AL East, that ALDS may current a tantalizing match-up with the Red Sox, Blue Jays, or Yankees. Regardless of the specifics, Kevin Money’s crew might be making an attempt to repeat as AL champions and likewise win the World Sequence for the primary time in franchise historical past. 

This season, the Rays have backed up their AL-best report with a equally sturdy run differential of plus-178, and so they’ve achieved that success largely due to a powerful offense and lockdown bullpen. That offense has been much more potent for the reason that call-up of future famous person Wander Franco, who’s nearing his return from a hamstring harm, and the deadline acquisition of veteran slugger Nelson Cruz. The rotation has been a priority for a lot of the season, however Money is nothing if not adept at working round such limitations. 

As has been the case over the past half-decade or so, the Rays have loved a lot success regardless of proprietor Stuart Sternberg’s excessive unwillingness to put money into payroll. 

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