The Red Sox are in trouble.

The Rays beat up on the Yankees last night, pulling within two games of the wild-card lead with six to play.

With Boston playing like a Triple-A team, that's an eternity. But the odds are still in the Sox' favor.

Here's a handy table of the way the rest of the season can play out.



If Boston goes 6-0 ...

 

They clinch the wild card regardless of what Tampa Bay does.

If Boston goes 5-1 ...

They clinch the wild card regardless of what Tampa Bay does.

If Boston goes 4-2 ...

The Rays could force a one-game playoff by winning out. Tampa Bay would be eliminated if it went 5-1 or worse over its remaining six games.

If Boston goes 3-3 ...

The Rays could force a one-game playoff by going 5-1, or win the spot outright by going 6-0. Tampa Bay would be eliminated if it won four or fewer games.

If Boston goes 2-4 ...

The Rays could force a one-game playoff by going 4-2, or win the spot outright by going 5-1 or 6-0. Tampa Bay would be eliminated if it won three or fewer games.

If Boston goes 1-5 ...

The Rays could force a one-game playoff by going 3-3, or win the spot outright by going 4-2, 5-1 or 6-0. Tampa Bay would be eliminated if it won two or fewer games.

If Boston goes 0-6 ...

The Rays could force a one-game playoff by going 2-4, or win the spot outright by going 3-3, 4-2, 5-1 or 6-0. Tampa Bay would be eliminated if it won one or zero games.

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