The Tampa Bay Rays had an impressive start to their season with a record of 38 wins and just 15 losses by May 27th, 2023. However, their recent performance has been less consistent, with a record of 20 wins and 20 losses since that date.

Currently, their overall record stands at 58 wins and 35 losses. This means that their winning rate has dropped to .500 over that stretch, an indicator that there is something wrong with this team. Injuries are playing a role in this team’s regression. The Rays will need to regain their earlier momentum if they hope to maintain a strong position in the AL East. But you could start to wonder if there is a small chance that this team might miss the playoffs.

Tampa Bay Rays: Recent Form Alert

  • Formerly: 38 – 15 on May 27th, 2023
  • Currently: 58 – 35 (overall)
  • Recent form: 20 – 20 since May 27th, 2023
  • Recent winning rate: .500

The Rays’ odds to miss the playoffs are 17 to 1 with bet365. Things would, in fact, have to keep going wrong for them for quite some time to see those odds shorten. The Rays were swept by the Phillies in July and lost two out of three games to the Braves recently. Despite a .624 winning percentage, the Rays’ are in a decline. If the Rays continue to underperform, other teams could surpass them in the standings.

Tampa Bay Rays: a team to watch

The Rays will start the second half of the season against the Kansas City Royals. KC is one of the worst teams in Major League Baseball so far this season. It will be interesting to see if the Rays can win this series. Anything less and it would be an indicator that their regression will continue after the break. After the Rays, TB faces Texas, a team that has likewise struggled of late.

TB is currently leading their division but they are facing a significant challenge from the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles have narrowed the gap to just two games in the AL East. If the Rays fail to maintain their divisional lead, they will have to compete with several teams in the Wild Card race, including the Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and potentially the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners. It’s worth noting that if the Texas Rangers fall into the Wild Card race, the Astros would likely rise as division leaders. This means that there are effectively five teams vying for a spot against the Rays in the Wild Card race.

With approximately 72 games remaining in the season, teams are expected to experience fluctuations in their performance. For the Rays, it becomes a matter of calculating the odds. Bettors should consider the long odds of 17 to 1 for Tampa Bay missing the playoffs, as recent performance suggests they may be in trouble. In fact, the Rays went 1-7 in their last eight games before the break, indicating potential challenges ahead.

Further reading: who are the betting favorites at the break?