This is the Tampa Bay Rays second season in a row in the playoffs, and third time in four years. However, the team did it in dramatic fashion this season.
Following a Boston Red Sox collapse, the Rays captured the Wild Card. Just minutes after the Orioles beat the Red Sox, Evan Longoria capped a 7-0 comeback with a walk-off home run in extra innings, to give the Rays an 8-7 win over the Yankees, and lead his team to the postseason.
The Rays have been incredibly hot in September, going 17-10 during that month.
The surging Rays look to come into the postseason really hot, despite not having a playoff-esque lineup.
The Rays rely on their running game, timely hits, and especially their pitching.