ST. PETERSBURG In one respect, the Tampa Bay Rays have history on their side as they begin interleague play tonight with a weekend series against the Atlanta Braves.
They went 12-6 last season playing against National League teams, ranking as third best in the majors and third best in franchise history. And while the franchise is only 118-132 against the NL, under manager Joe Maddon the record stands at 62-46.
Thats the good news for Rays. The bad is that they always seemed to struggle against the Braves.
Their all-time record in the series is 6-15, the worst showing theyve had against any team other than Cincinnati (1-5). Theyve only won one of their seven series with the Braves, and that was 11 years ago at Turner Field.
But this year looks about as well-matched as any between Tampa Bay and Atlanta. For starters, they sport identical records at 24-15 good for second place in the AL East for the Rays and first place in the NL East for the Braves.
And both teams are coming i...