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Rays’ surge continues, grab a bit of history in the process

Aug 15, 2014, 10:55 PM EDT

Joel Peralta, Curt Casali Joel Peralta, Curt Casali

With a 5-0 shutout win over the Yankees tonight, the Rays at long last returned to .500 at 61-61. As the Rays’ Twitter notes, they have become the fourth team in baseball history to reach .500 after falling at least 18 games below .500, joining the 1899 Louisville Colonels, the 2004 Devil Rays, and the 2006 Marlins.

The Rays fell 18 games below .500 on June 10 following a loss to the Cardinals. Since then, the Rays have won 37 of 56 games — a .661 winning percentage. They have fallen as far back as 15 games in the division, but are now nine games back after the Orioles lost to the Indians in 11 innings.

Their surge is interesting considering they traded away someone who very well might have been their most crucial piece to a playoff run in David Price. The Rays sent Price to the Tigers as part of a three-team trade that also involved the Mariners at the trade deadline. In return for Price, the Rays got lefty pitcher Drew Smyly, infielder Nick Franklin, and minor league infielder Willy Adames.

  1. jinx21fan - Aug 15, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    I wish the Blue Jays were doing something historical. Unfortunately, late season collapses are quite common in the Toronto sports landscape.

  2. csbanter - Aug 16, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    AL east race is all but over. Even the wildcard scenario is shaping up as AL central runner up vs. Mariners for second post season slot. Rays late surge is great for record purpose, plus it solidifies Maddon place as best AL mgr.

  3. Glenn - Aug 16, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    The Rays have been doing everything right for a number of years. Sometimes selling off has a price – pun intended.

  4. moogro - Aug 16, 2014 at 2:44 AM

    Donnie Baseball called them the “Devil Rays” at the Dodgers all-access event on July 28, 2014 “The Devil Rays got a guy riding a stick up and down the dugout after home runs. When I saw that, I didn’t have a problem with the bubbles.”

  5. indaburg - Aug 16, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    The Rays are attempting to do something no other team has accomplished: finish the season above .500 after falling at least 18 games below. The Colonels, the 2004 Devil Rays, and 2006 Marlins reached the .500 mark but didn’t stay there.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 16, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      Imagine the confidence that will give them for 2015 too, to finish above .500 despite losing Moore, Myers, et al and trading Price. (I’ve still not given up hope for this year either.)

      • indaburg - Aug 16, 2014 at 6:06 PM

        I still have some hope too in spite of all odds against us. It ain’t over ’til it’s over. Ya gotta believe. :-)

  6. broncostevenp - Aug 16, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Toronto, New York, and Baltimore, that thing you see closing in on you in your rear view mirror, that’s us. Go rays!

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