If you are a Tampa Bay Rays fan, you are witnessing history right before your eyes. After the 7-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night, The Rays are an astounding 31 games above .500 with a record of 79-48.
The Rays are pace for a 100 win season which would be a new franchise record. The previous record for wins was 97 set in 2008, the first time the Rays were in the World Series. There is no doubt that this Rays team is the best in team history.
The 79 wins by the Rays are the best in the American League right now and third overall in baseball behind the 82 wins by the San Francisco Giants and the 80 wins by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In addition, the Rays offense has improved greatly in the second half of the season. The Rays have moved from 13th in the league to ninth in offense and are currently batting .239 as a team.
Rookie Wander Franco who struggled mightily his first few weeks with the Rays is now tearing the cover off the ball and is hitting .274.
Franco has also gotten on base in 26 consecutive games, which ties him for the third-highest streak among players under 20 years old. Mickey Mantle holds the record with 36 straight games of getting on base.
Austin Meadows is on pace to set a new high in runs batted and possibly break his high in career home runs.
The catching combination of Mike Zunino and Francisco Meija have combined for 32 home runs which is a new Rays record for home runs by a catching duo.
The Rays are also leading the majors in runs scored after the seventh inning with 253. Cincinnati is closest to the Rays. They have scored 222 runs after the seventh inning.
Yet despite the best season in franchise history, the Rays are not the favorite out of the American League to win the World Series. The Houston Astros are the favorites to represent the American League, according to the Sport-Book Bovada. The Chicago White Sox have the second-best odds, and then it’s the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Rays can do nothing about this. The only thing they control is what they do on the field. Just keep winning, and the other stuff will take care of itself.
Good news for the Rays as they enter the stretch month of September. Pitchers Chris Archer and Pete Fairbanks will rejoin the Rays this weekend. Archer will get the start Sunday in Baltimore.
The Rays have seven of their final 32 games against the Boston Red Sox. They have finished their games against the New York Yankees this season but will undoubtedly see them in the playoffs.
The Rays will be in Baltimore for a three-game series this weekend. Then back home for four against Boston.