* – indicates new to team
+ – indicates injury
1. New York Yankees
What becomes of the rotation going towards October will determine if they are World Series contenders.
2. Toronto Blue Jays
Their offseason moves suggest they are ready and willing to do what it takes to keep them atop the American League for many years to come.
3. Tampa Bay Rays
They are primed for having some bumps in the road this season, but don’t count out their pitching depth keeping them in contention.
4. Boston Red Sox
The penny pinching will continue this year with their ace Chris Sale still recovering from Tommy John surgery.
5. Baltimore Orioles
Get ready for the youth movement to arrive as Ryan Mountcastle and Adley Rutschman make their debuts.
Player to Watch: P Tyler Glasnow – Tampa Bay Rays
Best Acquisition: OF George Springer – Toronto Blue Jays
New Kid on the Block: P Luis Patino – Tampa Bay Rays Continue reading
This will be the second time the Tampa Bay Rays have appeared in the Fall Classic. The last time they were here was in 2008. They lost in 5 games to the Philadelphia Phillies. An interesting fact about them is that 2008 was the first year they had changed their nickname from the Devil Rays to just the Rays. They have been a far more successful franchise since that nickname change. For the Los Angeles Dodgers this will be their third World Series appearance in the last four seasons. They lost to Houston and Boston in back-to-back appearances in 2017 and ’18 respectively. They are hoping to finally win another championship in their storied history which hasn’t happened since 1988. Continue reading
Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Houston’s lineup has gotten hot at the right time. If not for an influx of runs scored by Oakland in Game 3 it would have been a clean sweep for the Astros. Continue reading
American League Division Series
1. Tampa Bay Rays vs. 5. New York Yankees
Just as expected the Rays pitching and some timely hitting led to their sweep of Toronto in the Wild Card series. Continue reading
American League Wild Card Series
1. Tampa Bay Rays vs. 8. Toronto Blue Jays
Don’t scoff at the Rays being the best team in a 60-game season. They did accomplished this feat in ways most teams can’t. Continue reading