Last nights loss to the Rays was a tough one for the Red Sox and their fans, they were two innings away from standing alone atop the AL east for the first time since the All Star break but it came to a dramatic end in the bottom of the ninth off Dioner Navarro's walk off single.
With the their win last night the Rays stayed in first place, where they have been for the past 60 days. The win last night also gave them an advantage over the Red Sox in their head to head regualr season record, leading the season 9-8.
If the Rays beat the Red Sox again tonight they will be ahead by 2 games with just over a week left of baseball to be played. A win would also give the a record of 10-8 against Boston which means that if there was a tie in the AL east and both the Red Sox and Rays make the playoffs the Rays will be the AL east champions.
If the Red Sox do lose they will be 2 games down with not a lot of games to be played, therefore they would most likely make the playoffs by winning the wild card. If that happens their most likely competitor in the ALDS will be the Los Angeles Angels of Anahiem, who have played outstanding against Boston winning 8 of 9 games this season.
If the Red Sox can come back and win the Division the Rays chances of beating the Angels are much higher. They have a winning record of 6-3 against the Angels.
Tonight Tim Wakefield who is coming off his best start of the season will take the hill at Tropicana Field, where he has had great success throughout his carrer, will be facing Matt Garza who has a record of 11-9 this season.
Yes its certain that both teams will be in the playoffs but a loss tonight could really hurt Boston's chances of going far in the playoffs.