TORONTO -- After Thursday night's loss to Toronto, 21 of the Rays' next 24 games will be against American League East rivals (the exception is the Sept. 7-9 Texas series) and 25 of their remaining 32 games, overall, are against the AL East.
In many years, that would not bode well for the Rays, but this season the numbers look a little different. Currently, the Rays are 27-21 against AL East opponents, which is the second-best mark in the division.
The Rays have also had their way against the AL West, boasting a 21-13 mark heading into Wednesday night's finale against the Rangers. But the AL Central has been trouble for the team. Whether those numbers reflect a real trend or an anomaly, the good news is the Rays have just four more games against an AL Central foe when they travel to Chicago to play the White Sox from Sept. 27-30.