The Rays’ win against the Mets last night ended with some extra celebration as the Tampa boys clinched the AL East title with 3 games left to play in this sprint of a season. The Rays have won 7 of their last 10 and are currently 37-20 on the season. The Yankees made a bid to close in on the Rays division lead, but they came up just short. The Bronx Bombers went on a 10-game winning streak starting on the 9th of September and they scored a combined 78 runs in that span. They recently lost 3 out of their last 4 games to help the Rays solidify the AL East crown. The Rays have now earned the title, “Beast of the East” for the time being especially after taking 8 out of 10 against their NY rival.
The last time the Rays won the AL East title was 10 years ago in 2010. They finished with a record of 96-66 and just one game ahead of the Yankees. Since that year, the Red Sox have won the division 4 times, the Yankees have won it 3 times, and the Orioles and Blue Jays have won it once each. Despite the craziness of 2020, it’s always an honor to win a division title in one of the best divisions in the MLB (and don’t let a Yankees fan tell you otherwise).