There is no better way to put it. The Tampa Bay Rays had an unbelievably rough week.
Now, with its playoff berth in serious jeopardy, the Rays will have to win and win only in the next few weeks. While the Oakland Athletics and the Baltimore Orioles sit comfortably at the top of the AL Wild Card race, the Rays are in danger of falling too far behind.
Even if the Rays can somehow manage to blow through competition and win a healthy percentage of these remaining games, are they far enough out of a playoff berth that it would take a miracle to reach the postseason?
The Tampa Bay Rays are no stranger to an eventful September. Last year's closing day thriller against the Yankees ended a fantastic season on a high note.
But what about this year?
The Rays have battled injuries, particularly in the first few months of the season, like when they lost slugger Evan Longoria. The offense lulled during his absence and the Rays definitely lost some games they should not have during the period.
But here they are again, a small-market team battling the giants for a shot in the playoffs. No one knows who will be playing in October. But the Rays still have a shot.