Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays @ ChiSox: A win and a prayer
Posted Sep 30, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Sep 30, 2012 at 01:29 PM
CHICAGO Win and a prayer.
That’s what the Rays season has come to: Win this afternoon against the White Sox and hope the Orioles, A’s and Angels lose.
“We need a little bit of help from our friends, let’s go,” manager Joe Maddon said this morning. “But we got to take care of it on our own, too. It’s not about anybody else. We got to win today’s game to have any opportunity to finish this off right.”
The Rays are three games out of the final Wild Card spot with four games to play. They can’t reach the postseason without the Orioles, A’s or even Yankees collapsing down the stretch.
Maddon, not surprisingly, believes it will happen.
“If at any point you give in to the thought that you need help and it’s kind of like senseless because it’s not going to happen and the odds are against you, if you buy into all that stuff, than it won’t happen. It can not happen,” Maddon said. “So the point is you got to go out there and beat the White Sox today. David (Price) picks up his 20th win of the season, you move back home, Baltimore gets beat by Boston today and all of a sudden we’re in a pretty good spot. I do think in those terms. I do believe the universe accepts those thoughts sometimes, so I got to put out the right positive vibes, and I try to do that, and I believe in our guys. I believe it’s going to come back to us. I believe there’s somewhat we’re going to sneak into this thing.”
The Rays feel good that Price is starting today. It can’t hurt that the slumping White Sox, losers of nine of their last 11 and now two games behind first-place Detroit with four to play, are throwing rookie left-hander Jose Quintana.
Here are the lineups:
Price LHP (19-5, 2.56)
Quintana LHP (6-5, 3.60)