Crowned champions of the Eastern Section of the American League, the Tampa Bay Rays can think quietly of the playoffs, where they are likely to face the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round.
One thing is certain, by dominating its section, the Tampa Bay team is sure to finish among the top three clubs in the American League standings, allowing it to play the initial series (2 of 3) at home. In order, the potential opponents remain the Blue Jays, the Cleveland Indians and the Houston Astros.
“It's very special,” Rays manager Kevin Cash admitted on the Major League Baseball website about this first sectional championship for Florida squad since 2010. I don't think we'll fully enjoy it, short. term, what we accomplished and what we went through to get there. Maybe in a few years. ”
Cash admits that the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic made the season very special.
“This season has allowed us to get closer,” noted the manager. I could not ask for a group where the players support each other more. ”
Brandon Lowe Dominates
The Rays impress with a 37-20 record (ahead of their Thursday game). On offense, Brandon Lowe has had a particularly brilliant season, with 14 home runs and 36 RBIs. At the mound, starters Tyler Glasnow (5-1) and Blake Snell (4-2) did a good job as did many relievers in the Rays.
Coming into a first-round series against the Blue Jays, it's interesting that the Rays have won six of 10 games against Toronto this season. The Jays, however, scored 48 points against 44 for Tampa Bay in these meetings. Blue Jays starter Hyun-jin Ryu, who could be the starter for Game 1 of such a series, has allowed the Rays a cumulative four runs in nine and two-thirds innings this season.