After scoring 16 runs in a 10-game stretch, the Rays now have scored 27 runs in the past two. The latest offensive onslaught came in a 16-1 win over New York on Saturday night that saw all kinds of offensive fireworks.
Brad Boxberger certainly was a big part of Friday night’s come-from-behind 11-5 victory over the Yankees. Many of you on twitter were not quite sure as to why after that sort of outing he would be sent down after three good appearances. We explained it in our final segment on air, but if you missed it here’s what you need to know.
Joe Maddon has said numerous times when the Rays aren’t getting results that if you stick with the process, things will come back to you. Well, they did and much more in a come-from-behind 11-5 victory over the Yankees on Friday night, snapping a four-game losing streak to improve Tampa Bay’s record to 8-9.
As bad as the past week has been, and as much as the Rays have struggled offensively, they needed their ace to be ace-like. Unfortunately, David Price wasn’t, and the Rays were routed by the Yankees 10-2 on Thursday night, Tampa Bay’s fourth straight loss.
Jake Odorizzi did a fairly serviceable job on Wednesday afternoon, but the Rays offense again was absent, and Baltimore (7-6) recorded a 3-0 shutout. The Rays fell to 7-8, and finished their first road trip at 3-5 with three straight defeats.
You’d have to be quite naive to believe the Rays didn’t suffer a major loss when Matt Moore decided he would have Tommy John surgery next week, ending his 2014 season. However, with rain impacting baseball across the country on this Tuesday, it’s probably appropriate timing to explain why the season isn’t lost, as long as the Rays are good at treading water.
Joe Maddon often talks about the importance of “trying easier” when he senses the team is struggling. That may now apply at the plate and on the mound after a 7-1 loss to the Orioles on Monday night. After the latest loss the Rays fell to 7-7, 3-4 on their current road trip.
The Rays didn’t just lose a game on Sunday, they lost another key piece of their rotation until possibly the end of May. Alex Cobb has a mild oblique strain, an injury that will sideline him for 4-6 weeks. Unless Matt Moore makes a very quick recovery, that means that four of the Rays’ top seven starting pitching options to begin the calendar year will be sidelined until at least late-May.
The injuries and issues the Rays starting pitching staff has suffered the past few months were in full view on Sunday, as the Reds rolled to a 12-4 win over Tampa Bay. The Rays settled for two of three in the series, and are now 3-3 on their first road trip, and 7-6 on the season.
Runs have been hard to come by the past week, but the Rays have found a way to win, thanks to terrific pitching and defense. Alex Cobb and two relievers combined on a four-hitter on Saturday, as the Rays edged the Reds 1-0. Tampa Bay is 3-2 on its initial road trip of the season, and 7-5 overall.