This will be fun.
A final sprint for the American League's wild card spots will take place over the next twoo weeks. Do the Tampa Bay Rays have it in them to place aside their recent below-average play and reach the playoffs? Or will two of the many other contenders in sight -- Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees or Kansas City Royals -- pass them down the stretch?
Anything seems possible. The Rays' 2013 story promises a few more twists, and it's likely we won't know their postseason fate until the season's final week. There are few "easy" spots left in their schedule: Starting tonight, they begin a four-game series with the Rangers at Tropicana Field before the Orioles arrive for another four-game set. Then they close with a six-game road trip against the Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays.
The good news for Joe Maddon's team: Over the weekend, we learned the Rays' worst run could be behind them as they begin these final tests. They lost 13 of 17 gam...