Game 146: Red Sox vs. Rays

Loading Scores

At 7.5 games up, the Red Sox have certainly put the burden on the Rays: sweep, or be left in an almost hopeless situation. Even in 2011, about as awful a collapse as you can imagine, the Rays were within four games of the Red Sox with 148 games played, and the Sox still had to finish 4-8 for the Rays to pip them in the standings.

Anything short of a sweep, and the Red Sox are at least 6.5 games up. Even playing .300 ball from thereon in would force the Rays to go on an impressive tear to end the year.

And a series win for the Red Sox? That would end it, if not mathematically, then at least within reason.

It's not going to be easy to start off on the right foot with David Price on the mound, even if Clay Buchholz is 90% back. But there's no such thing as an unwinnable game, and this one doesn't even come close.

Go Sox!

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Over the Monster

You must be a member of Over the Monster to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Over the Monster. You should read them.

Join Over the Monster

You must be a member of Over the Monster to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Over the Monster. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker