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Tampa Bay Rays more battle-tested than Cleveland Indians

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria throws

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria throws out Los Angeles Dodgers' Mark Ellis at first during the first inning. (Aug. 9, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

Both the Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians have seemingly been playing elimination games for the past month, so when they meet Wednesday night for a winner-take-all Wild Card showdown it may seem like "another day, another game."

But despite similar team statistics, the Rays have faced a much tougher road to the playoffs. The Rays played not only in the tough AL East but faced opponents with a winning percentage of .500 or better in 97 games. Tampa Bay went 48-49 (including a 4-2 record against the Indians), a .494 winning percentage, in those contests. Against sub-.500 teams, the Rays were 44-22 (.666).

The Indians, meanwhile, played in the easier AL Central and faced teams with a winning percentage of at least .500 in just 69 games. They went 32-37, a .463 winning percentage. Against teams with a below-.500 record, the Indians were 60-33 (.645).

Here's how the two teams stacked up overall during the regular season:

  Rays Indians
Home runs 165 171
Runs 700 745
Stolen bases 73 117
Average .257 .255
On-base percentage .329 .327
Slugging percentage .408 .410
Wins 92 92
Losses 71 70
Saves 42 38
ERA 3.74 3.82
Strikeouts per nine innings (pitching) 8.05 8.61
Walks per nine innings (pitching) 2.96 3.46
Home runs per nine innings (pitching) 0.94 0.92


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