The Cleveland Indians vs. the Tampa Bay Rays.
If you just look at the names of the teams, a couple of thoughts likely strike you.
When you think of the Tribe, you likely ponder a team that hasn’t been all that good in a long, long time. The Indians haven’t been to the playoffs since 2007, and they essentially been a have-not since that season. Some will point to a .500 season in 2008 and a near .500 season in 2011, but in the other three seasons, they were 65-97, 69-93 and 68-94.
When you think of the Rays, you likely think just the opposite. The Rays 90-win seasons in five of the last six years, have been to the World Series once, and been to the playoffs four times. This is a team that has utilized draft picks and trades to become and maintain a high level of play. Their business model is being mirrored by several teams across baseball who are playing in a small market.
The problem with 2013 is that you can’t really look at the past with either team to gauge what...