In others, it’s apparent the manager is already resigned to his fate. Brad Ausmus made a joke about next year's manager just now. Ausmus was hired by the Tigers before the 2014 and has since posted a 312-324 record.
Following an NFL team is no small deal. In addition to the time commitment, there's the emotional drain of following the ups and downs of a team throughout the season. Last year, I wrote off the Detroit Lions before their season began. But I seem a bit more excited about the franchise this season. Am I just setting myself up for a crushing disappointment?
The Tampa Bay Rays are currently have a record of 74-78 in 2017. They have played 152 games, which means they have 10 games left to go. Currently, the Rays are four games back in the race for the second Wild Card with five teams ahead of them. Fangraphs and MLB.com both peg the Rays with less than a 1% chance of making the playoffs... but that means there is still a chance. The Minnesota Twins are currently in possession of the second Wild Card spot with the opposite record of the Rays at 78-74. Behind the Twins are the Angles (1.5 GB), Rangers (2.5 GB), Royals (3.5 GB), Mariners (4 GB), and then the Rays (4 GB). Teams with a 0.5 GB have an eleventh game yet to play. Looking at the schedule ahead,