For the Rays to claim that second spot, the following MUST happen:
- The Rays will have to sweep the Orioles.
- The A's will have to be swept by Texas.
- The Angels will lose at least 1 to the Mariners.
So while it is possible, it so highly unlikely it's practically over. The Rays September rally will likely come up short. But stranger things have happened with this team so maybe we shouldn't count them out just yet. Baseball is unpredictable after all. So we will have to wait and see. But for now, the Rays BARELY have a pulse.