Another night, another W for the Rays and Yankees.
Just spitballing here but what happens if they finish with the same record? Is a one-game playoff necessary even though both go to the playoffs? Do they just flip a coin for the first round opponent?
This anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better stretch has reached historic proportions.
According to Rays’ PR this is only the second time since 1969 that two division mates have had 80 wins after 130 games (San Francisco and Atlanta in 1993). It is only the 6th time since 1950 that two teams in the entire American League have reached the 80-win mark this fast in the same season.
Most important, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, this 8-day stretch that the Yankees and Rays have shared first place is the longest first place tie this late in the season in major league history. (In fact, the only other 7-day tie came in 1980 when the Dodgers and Astros were tied for first from Sep. 10 to Sep. 16.).