Rays look to make a move as they begin a 10-game home stand against the Red Sox, Indians and Mariners
Despite being gutted by injuries, the Rays remain in the thick of things. When they begin a 10-game home stand against the Red Sox, Indians and Mariners on Friday, they’ll be just a half-game out of first in the American League wild-card race. Since starting the season 13-1 at home, the Rays are 11-18 at Tropicana Field.
Their .232 team batting average makes them one of eight teams with a batting average that low and a winning record at the break. In 1972, the Orioles, Mets and Tigers all did it. The Rays are doing it with pitching. Their 3.73 team ERA is the third-best in team history at the break. But they’re ninth in the AL with 363 runs, and their .376 slugging percentage is their worst ever.
Now about those injuries. The Rays have put 14 players on the disabled list, trailing only the Red Sox (20) in the American League. They still have six players on the DL, including outfielder Sam Fuld, who is on a rehab assignment, and third baseman Evan Longoria, who could be out a few more weeks. The Rays are 29-33 without Longoria. When he went on the DL on May 1, the Rays were 15-8. The Rays have used eight players at third, tops in the Majors. The Rays are 6-12 since outfielder Matt Joyce went on the DL with an oblique strain.
Still, there’s some magic with this little club. The Rays have won seven times when trailing entering the ninth inning. That’s tops in the Majors.<p>