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Rays get where nobody expected

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Oct 20, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Is there one person anywhere who before this season predicted the Tampa Bay Rays would be in the World Series?

Three things:

* Gutsy move by Joe Maddon using David Price as his closer. He should stick with that for the Series, the kid is terrific. Obviously he will be a starter next season. But for now, this could be his role.

* Teams from Florida are now 8-0 in playoff series.

* Baseball will have its seventh different champion in the last eight seasons now that the Rays will meet the Phillies in the Series. The days of a dynasty may be over now that so many teams have become adept at building rosters.

Prediction: Rays in six. They have superior starting pitching and have played at a much higher level (and against superior competition) all season.




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