The 85-69 Tampa Bay Rays are flying somewhat under the radar this year.
However, they remain an extremely dangerous squad looking for their first World Series in history.
Making the playoffs has become customary for them, even in an extremely competitive AL East landscape.
After a five-year hiatus when it comes to postseason appearances between 2014 and 2018, the Rays have made it to October three straight years, from 2019 to 2021.
This year, they are very, very close to qualifying to the postseason for the fourth year in a row.
“With #Orioles loss, #Rays magic number to clinch a playoff spot is down to 3,” Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweeted.
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) September 28, 2022
It means that any combination of Rays wins and Orioles losses from here to the end of the regular season that equals three will certify Tampa’s fourth straight playoff berth.
The calculation is made with the Orioles in mind because they are the AL’s best team currently without a playoff spot.
The Rays Would Play The Jays If The Season Ended Today
The Rays are, so far, the fifth seed in the AL playoff picture.
It means they would be playing the Wild Card Series against the fourth seed, which is the Toronto Blue Jays (the best of the Wild Card teams).
In a difficult year injury-wise, the Rays have been able to overcome all kinds of obstacles.
Their chances of making it to the World Series probably depend on Shane McClanahan‘s health.
The Cy Young candidate has been battling neck and shoulder issues recently.
The good news is that they just got star pitcher Tyler Glasnow back to aid their quest for the Fall Classic.
All things considered, the Rays remain a very dangerous team.