If Rays win two, they're set

If Rays win two, they're set
September 28, 2013, 11:00 am
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This is a time of year when you hear about a team being able to control its destiny. Now, since destiny refers to something that is preordained, no one can technically control his destiny. But this is sports, where silly things like a word’s real meaning don’t apply.

In any case, the Rays are destiny’s children right now. If they win their last two games of the season, Saturday and Sunday against the Blue Jays, they not only will clinch an American League wild-card berth, but they also will be assured of hosting the one-game playoff against either the Indians or Rangers.

However, if the Rays, Indians and Rangers finish in a three-way tie, there will be playoffs before the wild-card game playoff. The Rays would play in Cleveland Monday, with the winner in the postseason and the loser going to Texas to play the Rangers for the second wild-card spot.

Tampa Bay would have been in an even better position had it not lost to Toronto on Friday, committing three errors in a 6-3 defeat.

"I guess we really still are in the driver's seat. … We're tied, and we go out and win [Saturday] and see where we're at. It's not like we're playing catch-up," third baseman Evan Longoria said, as reported by the Tampa Bay Times.

For Saturday afternoon’s game against Toronto, rookie Chris Archer gets the start, but perhaps not for a ton of pitches.

"It's not set, but it's really dictated by how the game is going," Archer said (via mlb.com). "I know I'm not going to throw 115 like I have in the past."