What they're saying
"… Tampa Bay enters the playoffs looking beatable. Just like the Yankees, they have starting pitching issues after their ace. Just like the Rangers, they have some holes in the lineup. Just like Minnesota, they play good defense, can scrap out runs, but sometimes lack pop.
"In other words, the AL playoff field is as balanced as it has been in a long time. The Rangers respect every other team. This time, they have no reason to fear any of them."
Evan Grant, Dallas Morning News
"The Rays won four of six from the Rangers during the season. They also were 10-8 against the Yankees and 11-7 against the Red Sox.
"An omen? Not necessarily. By most measures, the Rays limped to the finish line, going 15-15 in the season's final 30 games. They overtook the Yankees only because the New Yorkers (13-17) limped even more."
Gil LeBreton, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"With the postseason finally, and mercifully upon us, I give you the best-run and least-appreciated franchise. Not in baseball. In all of sports. I give you the Tampa Bay Rays. … You remember the A's, right? Maybe not. There are new and improved moneyballers."
Mark Kriegel, Fox Sports
"Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series remains the only no-hitter in postseason history. If there will ever be another, it could come now against the Tampa Bay Rays."
Tyler Kepner, New York Times