Question of the day: Red Sox or Rays?
The Red Sox (88-67) finish up at Fenway Park at 7:10 p.m. ET, when Josh Beckett starts against the Orioles. Then comes a final road trip that includes three games against the rival Yankees in New York and three in Baltimore. Once considered a postseason lock, the Red Sox now lead the American League Wild Card standings by two games over the Rays.
The Rays (85-68) have two more games remaining than does Boston. Tampa Bay plays a day-night doubleheader Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, followed by the series finale there on Thursday. Then it's back to Tropicana Field for a season-ending homestand featuring three against Toronto and three against New York. Tampa Bay beat Boston in the season series, 12-6, and would own a home-field tiebreaker advantage should they finish with identical records and have to play a 163rd game.
Meanwhile, the Yankees (93-60) lead the AL East by six games and can clinch a playoff berth with a victory in either game of their doubleheader. Should they clinch, it will be interesting to watch as the Yankees, who have all of their remaining games against either Boston or Tampa Bay, play a direct role in who joins them in the postseason.
Today's question: Who is more likely to go to the postseason, the Red Sox or Rays?