Fun facts from Martin Fennelly -
Remember it well, for it might never happen again.
After all, it has never happened before, at least not this late in a baseball season, at least not for this long.
The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees were together again atop the AL East as Monday turned to Tuesday.
The Siamese baseball teams live. Eight days and counting.
Never before have two baseball teams been tied for first place this many days in a row, this late in a season. The old record, apparently, belonged to the Dodgers and Astros, who were locked up atop the NL West for seven straight days in July in 1980. They eventually needed a one-game playoff to settle things (the Astros won).
But this thing, it’s getting extraordinary.
“It’s been methodical,” [Joe] Maddon said during last weekend. “We go up a little bit, they go up a little bit. We win, they win. We lose, they lose.”
There are 31 games left for both teams.
Both have 16 home games and 15 road games left.
The Rays have 15 games left against teams with winning records. The Yankees have 22.
The Rays have 15 games left with the AL East. They’re 30-19 in division play, the best mark of any AL East team. The Yankees have 22 games left against the East. They’re 27-20 against the division.
The last stretch might be telling.
The Rays finish up with 10 games against teams with losing records: three at the Trop with Seattle, then three with Baltimore, then a four-game trip to Kansas City to wrap up the regular season.
The Yankees? They have three with the Red Sox, three at the Jays and finish with three at Fenway Park.
Of course, we haven’t even mentioned the seven games left between the Rays and the Yanks, three at the Trop (Sept. 13-15) and four large at Yankee Stadium (Sept. 20-23).
Great stuff. Too bad the wildcard makes it all moot – meaning both teams will make the post-season, no matter what. What a race this would be if it was loser go home, huh?