Playoff push report
The Rays didn't look like they were playing for much in Monday's uninspired loss, the 5-2 loss to the last-place Red Sox dropping them five games behind the Orioles - who won again late Monday - in the race for the second wild card and 5 1/2 behind the Yankees in the AL East race with 15 left to play.
Worse for the Rays, they are also behind the Angels in the wild-card race, and only 1/2 game ahead of the Tigers, who have the easiest finishing schedule.
Because there are so many teams involved, it's impossible to put a specific number on how many of their remaining games the Rays have to win to make it.
But under the theory that it would probably take 90 wins, the Rays would have to go 12-3 to get there. (And hope the Orioles go no better than 7-8).
Or, as David Price said the other day in New York: "I don't know how many games we've got left, but we have to win a lot of them.''
The Rays still have the benefit of their next eight games against the lagging Red Sox and Jays, though will have to play with more energy than Monday. At least on the field as opposed to the in-dugout confrontation between RHP Alex Cobb and C Jose Molina.
While the Rays are playing the Red Sox, the Orioles are still out west facing Seattle, the Angels host Texas, and the A's and Tigers meet in Detroit.
As for the computer projections from coolstandings.com we've been citing: The Rays as of this morning are down to an 8.1 percent chance of making the five-team field.