Can the Rays make a playoff push?

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The Rays may be unconventional, but they are winning.

The Rays may be unconventional, but they are winning.

The Rays may be unconventional, but they are winning.

Brock Maloy, Staff Writer

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The Rays have had their share of ups and downs this season. They kicked the season off 1-10 and battled back to .500. The Rays have shown in streaks that they are ready for the playoffs by dominating the league’s best. Then we are let down by repeated losing streaks, then lifted up by winning streaks. Now youth of the farm system is bringing up talent the Rays so desperately need and at a cheap price.

At the trade deadline they made some significant moves, opening room for young talent. Faces like Jake Bauers and Willy Adames have spearheaded the youth movement in Tampa Bay. Now looking forward the Rays plan to continue their winning ways. The Oakland Athletics are also on fire right now and don’t plan on slowing down soon. The Rays were just on an eight-game win streak but the Athletics have won just about the same amount and little ground has been made up. For the Rays their problem is there may not be enough time. The season ends September 30th and the Rays are still 8 games back. Surely the guys in the locker room have the courage but us fans disagree. This winning streak is another instance where we mistake a winning streak for a run for the playoffs. The rays have shown they can compete with the best but lose to teams that are over 50 games below .500. Simply put, this recent Rays win streak is fantastic but most likely won’t amount to anything due to the AL being the best in recent years. On Tuesday the win streak was finally cut down, but we anwsered back Wednesday with an 8-5 win over Atlanta. Coming into the home stretch of the season you know the Rays are feeling optimistic.

 

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