These are two good managers and two good coaching staffs.
Ideas, numbers, opinions are flying everywhere. The shifts alone are mind-imploding; the Rays prevented the most runs (16) with their shifting in the majors this year, according to Bill James’s configurations, while the Red Sox were second with 15.
But the teams played a chess match — a game within a game — Monday night in Tampa Bay’s dramatic, 5-4 walkoff win over the Red Sox at Tropicana Field.
Joe Maddon admitted that he played “not to lose” in the top of the ninth. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.