The last five American League teams to finish a season with an ERA as low as the Rays' (3.27) all advanced to the World Series: the 1990 Athletics (3.18), 1989 Athletics (3.09), 1981 Yankees (2.90), 1979 Orioles (3.26) and 1978 Yankees (3.18).
Matt Joyce left Tuesday night's game with a strained left forearm and was not in the lineup on Wednesda, though he said the arm felt better. Manager Joe Maddon said that Joyce could be back in the lineup by Thursday.
If closer Fernando Rodney notches a save in his next outing, he will have 40 for the season. Rodney currently leads all Major League relievers with a 0.77 ERA. According to Stats Inc., if he earns the 40th save with an ERA under 1.00, he would become the fourth pitcher in Major League history to boast a sub-1.00 ERA at the time of his 40th save.
J.P. Howell has a club-record scoreless-innings streak of 26 2/3, but the southpaw was passed on Tuesday night by Atlanta's Kris Medlen for the longest active streak in the Major Leagues; Medlen is now at 28 1/3.