You gotta hand it to them. Nobody saw this coming. Not when they were nine games back with under a month to go. Not when they were down 7-0 to the most powerful franchise in sports with two innings left on the last day of the regular season. Not with this cast. Not with these odds.
But the Tampa Bay Rays’ 8-7 win over the New York Yankees to clinch the most improbable playoff berth in Major League Baseball history was perhaps more unlikely than most realize.
Everyone talks about the nine-game deficit on September 4. No team had come ever come back from that large a deficit that late in a season. The 1964 St. Louis Cardinals were the closest at 8.5 games back on September 5, surging to reach the postseason.
But that's not the only stat surrounding the Rays' historic comeback—or Boston's historic collapse, whichever way you see it.
Here are 10 stats that make the impossible even more difficult to believe.