Rays pick a bad week to have a bad week
There was a time a few weeks ago when the Rays looked like baseball’s best team. They had the game’s best pitching staff, and with Evan Longoria back and Bon Zobrist settled in at shortstop, their offense had come to life. And then in a period of a few days, it went away. Let’s go to the numbers:
- During this 1-6 slide, they’ve scored a total of 21 runs and batted .212, including .186. They’ve hit .153 with runners in scoring position the last 10 games.
- Sixteen of their last 18 losses have been decided by two runs or less. The Rays have 26 one-run losses, tied with the Tigers for most in the American League.
- The Mariners (49) and Rays (46) have played the most one-run games in the AL, and the Rays have lost 13 of their last 16 one-run games. Translation: they just needed about one key hit a game.
- Rays lead the AL in ERA (3.27) and strikeouts (1,225).
- Rays are last in the A.L. in fielding percentage (.981). The last team to lead the American League in ERA but finish last in fielding was the 1945 Senators, who went 87-67. Rays led the AL in fielding percentage in 2011. The 2005-2006 Angels were the last team to go from first to worst in fielding.
- The Rays have 147 home runs, but 99 of them have come with the bases empty, including 21 of the last 21. That’s the highest percentage in the majors.
- In the last 49 games, the Rays have just one home run with at least two men on base. That was B.J. Upton’s 3-run shot against the Rangers on August 29.