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Tampa Bay Rays: Takeaways from World Series Defeat in Game 6

By Jonathan Northall
Oct 27, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) walks off the field after he pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning in game six of the 2020 World Series at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 27, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) walks off the field after he pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning in game six of the 2020 World Series at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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ALCS Champions Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay Rays celebrate the victory against the Houston Astros following game seven of the 2020 ALCS at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports /

This has been the most successful season in Rays’ history

Once the disappointment fades of losing Game 6, Rays fans will be able to enjoy the best ever season from the franchise. It’s bittersweet because of not winning the World Series but they came closer than the 2008 Rays did.

The Rays are the American League champions for just the second time. In 2020, they had the second-best record in the league. And that was achieved from having the 28th highest payroll in MLB; a stat that is overused, but no less true. It’s a remarkable achievement from a unique franchise.

Defeating the New York Yankees in the ALDS then the Houston Astros in the ALCS were fantastic feats in themselves. Both required wins in the last game of the series to progress. And there is Game 4 of the World Series. That will always be remembered.

You can’t do that without being a good team. No, a great team. However, the Los Angeles Dodgers proved to be a step too far. Their fans are quite rightly enjoying the moment, but they know how this feels. It drove them on. Tampa Bay Rays need to feel the pain and motivate them for next season.

They can win the World Series in 2021.

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