8:07 PM ET, October 2, 2013
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
Tampa Bay: Cobb (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Cleveland: Salazar (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
In the past week, the Tampa Bay Rays have traveled from their home town to New York to Toronto to Texas to Cleveland, a journey covering 3,627 miles.
Tonight Tampa Bar hopes to book a trip to Boston.
Getting a complete game from starter David Price, the Rays beat the Texas Rangers 5-2 in a tiebreaker on Monday night, earning Tampa Bay a wild-card spot for the third time in four years and an opportunity to face the Cleveland Indians, making their first appearance in October since 2007.
Tampa Bay was forced to win almost every day down the stretch as they went neck-and-neck-and-neck with the Cleveland Indians and Texas in an exciting wild-card scramble in the final weeks of September. The Rays won versus the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday before traveling deep in the heart of Texas and surviving a win-or-go-home scenario.
Tonight’s winner will meet the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the division series on Friday.
Tampa Bay and their YouWager fans always thought the team would be in position to make a run at a first World Series title. And even when they’ve racked up some frequent-flyer miles and lived out of their suitcases to keep their season alive, they’re confident their MLB season isn’t about to end.
Like the Rays, Cleveland had to scrap their way into the postseason. The Indians ended a topsy-turvy regular season under manager Terry Francona by ripping off 10 wins in a row, playing error-free ball during the stretch.
Now, when every mistake is magnified and there’s no room for lapses, Cleveland wants to keep rolling and will start rookie Danny Salazar in their biggest game in six seasons.
The Rays won four of the six games versus the Indians this baseball season, but the teams haven’t met since early June.
Rays starter Alex Cobb (11-3) was asked what he learned about the Indians in his one start versus them on April 6.