It is unusual for a team that pulls offensively to be at the top of the general classification. Well, the Tampa Bay Rays have managed to demonstrate the opposite.
By mastering many other aspects of the game and with a touch of opportunism, it is always possible to compete. They could even go as far as reaching 100 wins this season.
The biggest problem is the excessive amount of strikeout with 625. Far too many unnecessary swings are attempted by the players instead of being more selective. That brings the team’s batting average to .230, ranking 21st, but the Rays are still averaging 4.95 points per game.
These are quite unusual statistics.
It’s amazing the contrast of those statistics and you have to go back to 1874 when it last happened, with the Brooklyn Atlantics not even existing today. There is a lot of room for improvement here to help the Rays’ starting pitchers have more support and less pressure.
On the other hand, we still remain patient enough at home plate to collect 230 ball goals so far for the team, which capitalizes on these runners, say given by the opposing team. As a result, she finds herself behind the Houston Astros for the most runners on goals in the American League. The Rays’ 2020 season has been embellished above all by the impressive number of home runs and this season they are still in eighth place with 71 so far, which is not bad.
This trend will probably not continue all year, but the Rays are doing well with no player in the roster who does not exceed expectations, except Mike Zunino now. Each player contributes slightly each night, and that’s enough to keep the Rays in the race. Basically, strikeouts and batting average need to be improved, and home runs and then ball goals are very useful to the team, at least for now.
They’ll be in action late afternoon (4:05 p.m.) today against the Texas Rangers. Rich Hill, who was named pitcher of the month in the American in May, will face Kolby Allard, who is in his second outing this year.