The Tampa Bay Rays are once again surging, similar to their incredible comeback last season.
With a five-game winning streak in hand, the Rays still find themselves 3.5 games out of a possible Wild Card berth with nine games remaining.
At the same time last season, the Rays were two games behind the Boston Red Sox in the race for the Wild Card before winning six of their last seven games to overtake the Sox on the final day of the season.
This year, however, the Rays will likely need to run the table in order to repeat last year's miracle.
They'll have to do so with six games on the road against the Red Sox and Chicago White Sox before returning home to face the Baltimore Orioles to end the season.
If the Rays somehow manage to make the postseason again, it would be even more remarkable than last year, considering their remaining schedule.
Considering last year's finish, Tampa Bay can't be counted out quite yet.
Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle.