W-L Record: 78-65
Season Series vs Tigers: 3-3
Standings: 1.5 games up on the Cleveland Indians for the second wild card spot.
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Tigers haven't played each other since June 30, but with the exception of one blowout game, the two teams played extremely even in the season series.
The Rays are in the middle of the pack in AL pitching stats this season, and the stats were all across the board against the Tigers this year. As a team, Rays pitchers had a 4.25 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP against Detroit.
The Tigers hit eight home runs and earned 57 hits in 53 innings, but when the Rays turned the ball over to their closer, Fernando Rodney shut Detroit down.
Rodney threw four perfect innings in three games earning two saves and a victory.
Although Jose Lobaton, Wil Myers and James Loney destroyed Tigers pitching this season, Detroit kept the Rays offense relatively in check. The Rays hit .224 with just three home runs and 16 RBI in six games.
Matt Joyce, who normally gets the best of his former team, badly struggled against the Tigers this season, hitting just .048 with 1 RBI in six games.
The Tigers would have home field advantage in this potential series and the Rays are one of the worst potential playoff teams on the road this season. Joe Maddon and the Rays might push the Tigers to the brink, but Detroit would eventually prevail.