Until 2008, the Tampa Bay Rays had never won more than 70 games in a single season. Now they are matched up against the Red Sox to decide which team will represent the American League in the World Series. Though the Sox have an all time record of 111-58 against the Rays, Tampa had the edge in the series this year. The Rays won the season series 10-8, and were 6-0 in one run games.
It’s also worth noting that the Angels’ 8-1 record against the Red Sox in the regular season did not seem to have much effect on their ALDS matchup.
The rivalry between the Sox and Rays is coming to a head. The teams have cleared the benches six times in the past eight years, including the altercation earlier this year between Coco Crisp and James Shields. That incident resulted in eight suspensions, and a tense, highly competitive atmosphere in the matchups to follow.
“We had the one incident this year. That to me also is ancient history,” Rays skipper Joe Maddon told Yahoo! Sports writer Brett Huston. “The rivalry is being built because we’re good. This year truly is building into a legitimate rivalry, whereas in the past I think it was more fabricated.”
2008 ALCS Schedule
Game 1 – Friday, October 10th 8:37pm @ Tampa Bay
Game 2 – Saturday, October 11th 8:07pm @ Tampa Bay
Game 3 – Monday, October 13th 822:pm @ Boston
Game 4 – Tuesday, October 14th 8:22pm @ Boston
Game 5 – Thursday, October 16th 8:22pm @ Boston
Game 6 – Saturday, October 18th 8:22pm @ Tampa Bay
Game 7 – Sunday, October 19th 8:22pm @ Tampa Bay
Game 1 – James Shields vs Daisuke Matsuzaka
Game 2 – Scott Kazmir vs Josh Beckett
Game 3 – John Lester vs Matt Garza
Game 4 – Tim Wakefield vs Andy Sonnanstine
Game 5 – Daisuke Matsuzaka vs James Shields
Game 6 – Scott Kazmir vs James Shields
Game 7 – Matt Garza vs John Lester