The Tampa Bay Rays flew to the West Coast having just picked up about 4 games in the Wild Card lead to fall within 1.5 games. They are now flying home from the left coast 4.5 games back with Seattle sitting only 1 game behind them. What?! It all started in Seattle where we managed to secure only 1 game out of the 3 game set. The tragic end came yesterday as the LA Angels secured a SWEEP of the Rays by blowing them out 10-5. I know it doesn’t look like a blow out but trust me, it was.
Their fielding was poor, their hitting was less than timely and their pitching was very inconsistent. They looked nothing like the defending AL Champions.
Now the question becomes can they overcome a 1-5 road trip at this point in the season? The Rays have 47 games to play with 27 of them at home. They have no more left coast roads trips! IN the last 47 games the Rays play the AL East, Texas, Detroit and Seattle. The Rays are 23-16 vs. the AL East this year. They are also 36 – 18 at home. Detroit, Texas and Seattle all have sub .500 records on the road. So Ray fan…looking at these numbers YES, there is hope!
That being said some guys will need to step up. We cannot win the Wild Card berth the way we are playing now. The starting pitching must be aggressive and go deep into games. They need to stop picking at the corners and dust some of these guys off the plate. The offense MUST be selective and swing at pitches they can actually do damage with. Stop flailing like little leaguers and go with the pitch! Guys like Carlos Pena, Evan Longoria and Pat Burrell need to start using the entire field, they need to put this team on their shoulders. The defense must tighten up, these stupid little league plays that happen and aren’t considered errors in the books MUST STOP!
The Rays still have hope Ray fans BUT watching them play all season long I have to say I’m not very optimistic. They really haven’t been very consistent all season long, not sure how it would happen now. The Rays have let the opportunity to repeat as Al East champions slip through their fingers. They are now battling for playing time in the exclusive club of October for only the 2nd time in their history. This battle will be uphill the entire 47 remaining games.
If you are a true Ray fan I implore you to get off the couch and get to The Trop for the remaining 27 home games and support this team! See you there!