The Tampa Bay Rays recently cemented their place in the postseason. The team clinched the final spot in the American League Wild Card race and are now just playing for seeding.
The Rays' 2-1 defeat to the Houston Astros yesterday has impacted their push for the fifth seed. While some were disappointed by the defeat, others thought that the team was just playing its cards in playoff positioning.
Tampa Bay Rays All-Star Shane McClanahan battled the Astros' Cristian Javier. McClanahan gave up two runs on five hits in his five innings of work. Javier, meanwhile, produced a gem with his six innings of no-run ball while only giving up two hits, two walks, and striking out seven.
McClanahan bit the loss, his eighth of the season. On the other hand, Javier recorded his 11th win of the year. Ryan Pressly was also awarded his 32nd save of the season.
Neither team had anything going at the plate, as the low scoreline would suggest. The scoring was opened by Jeremy Pena in the third inning and was added on by a Shane McClanahan wild pitch that drove Jose Altuve home.
The Rays' sole run was driven in by pinch hitter Yandy Diaz as he drove in Randy Arozarena in the top of the ninth. The teams will face each other again today for the series closer before heading to their respective season-closers afterwards.
Tampa Bay Rays' season so far
Last year, the Tampa Bay Rays shocked the baseball landscape by running away with the American League East crown. The team won 100 games in one of the most competitive divisions in baseball.
This year, the Rays currently sport a 86-72 record with four games to spare. Experts had the team pegged for a playoff berth and the team didn't disappoint.
The Rays have once again done wonders despite their limited budget. The absence of Shane Baz and Tyler Glasnow has certainly impacted the team, but as the Rays have proven for almost a decade now, they can just pluck anyone from the minor leagues and make an unknown player a star on the mound.