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Rays Whois But Nothing New and Not to Worry

Evan Longoria batting practice photo. Rays Whois But Nothing New and Not to Worry.

Rays Whois But Nothing New and Not to Worry

BY Matthew Long


With a 5-0 loss and 8-6 loss, in a doubleheader Saturday, to the Baltimore Orioles, this extended the Tampa Bay Rays losing streak to 10 games. They are currently only five games away for matching the club record of 15 straight losses they accomplished in 2002.

The Rays are known for going through streaks like this every season but typically bounce back with an equally impressive winning streak later in the season. Judging from the local talk radio and bloggers a majority seem to be leaning towards counting the Rays out, with the season a couple of weeks away from the All-Star break.

Pitching has been the theme of sorrow this season when the were unable to hold a 6-3 lead, going into the bottom of the fifth. The big difference is that struggles have been equally spread over starting pitching and the bullpen, despite Alex Colome being tied for third in the major league with 19 saves and Xavier Cedeno with 14 holds.

Jake Odorizzi is leading the staff with a 3.93 earned-run-average with Chris Archer the “ace” with a 4.70 earned-run-average. Archer has given up 48-earned-runs, tied for 15th most in MLB, but a lot that has to do with him throwing a ton of strikes. He has thrown the eight most strikes (108) and only has walked four heading to the halfway point.

Rays poster boy Evan Longoria is having an All-Star season and may find his way to the first All-Star roster in 6 seasons. He is batting .270 with 18 homeruns and 43 runs-batted-in. Longoria’s 18 diggers tie him for sixth in MLB in HRs. New teammate Corey Dickerson is not far behind with 13 homeruns, which ties him for 24th in MLB. As a team the are average approximately four runs per games.

They are currently eight-and-a-half games out of first place in the American League East and a wild card spot. It is a complete overstatement, but MLB has a long season, and with 83 games left in the season anything can happen. Last season was a start that no one expected and this season could very well be the finish that no one is thinking about now.

Now that Longoria seems to have some protection at the plate and Dickerson on pace to hit nearly 30 HRs, they should be in a lot of games offensively. The pitching and defense – something that is hard for me to bring up – needs to improve in order to get wins. The Rays will be a topic at the All-Star break and with the trade deadline being August 1, they are most likely on the selling high end for prospects.

They will finish up a four games series with Baltimore Sunday in the rubber match at 1:35 pm eastern time.


[Photo: Mark Cunningham / Fox Sports]



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Rays Whois But Nothing New and Not to Worry
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Rays Whois But Nothing New and Not to Worry

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