Currently, the Rays are 7-10 and sit 4th in the division. The Rays are on a 2 game winning
streak after losing series’ to the Rangers, Red Sox and the Orioles. The Rays
went 2-7 in their road trip.
It truly is sad that our team has those numbers (could be better)
but at the same time we have a new look in our lineup and our guys are
adjusting. James Loney (in my eyes the MVP of this season’s club) is solid
numbers. In 16 total games played he has a .308 BA, .386 OBP, and a .487 SLG.
With one home run, 8 RBIs, 4 doubles, and 1 SB; he looks like he is going to
have himself a big season. Joe Maddon has never spoken much about Loney and
doesn’t seem like he will, while giving us the understanding that Loney will
quietly have a quality year for the team.
In the 3 & 4 hole, Zobrist and Longoria are looking like they
will also have very good years too. Zobrist in 16 games played has a .286 BA,
.388 OBP, .393 SLG with one home run (as well as Loney), 12 RBIs, 3 doubles and
2 SB. While Longoria, in 16 GP he has a .281 BA, .364 OBP, .509 SLG, 4 HRs, 9
RBIs and one double. Zobrist and Longoria are looking to carry the team into the
right direction with their bats.
Pitching will forever be important to the Tampa Bay Rays franchise.
Matt Moore is leading the Rays staff with impressive stats. He is 3-0 with a
1.00 ERA, 18 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 20 Ks, and 10 K/9. Out of the bullpen,
Fernando Rodney tonight looked great getting the save on a 1-0 victory
against the A’s. Rodney is 1-0 with a 5.79 ERA, 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 Ks,
and 7.7 K/9.
As a look to the future, I believe that we will climb up to the Red
Sox and have a battle for first place. The blue jays won’t be the same without
Jose Reyes, the Yankees are the Yankees and the Orioles don’t have what the Red
Sox and Rays are and will be showing in the coming months.
Rays Nation, be patient with the team we’ve come to love oh so much
throughout the years. They will be working their butts off to get where they are
supposed to be and want to be.
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