The Tampa Bay Rays (15-17) have come off what could have been an awful road trip with a (5-5) record. It did not look good as they lost the first series against the Chicago White Sox (15-17) to start the road trip. It was a horrible start to the road trip losing four of five but the Rays managed to turn it around against the Red Sox and Yankees. The Rays were able to take the series against the Boston Red Sox (15-17) this week by sweeping the double header on Thursday at Fenway Park. The Rays then traveled to New York to face off against the Yankees (16-14) this past weekend to end the road trip. The Rays were also able to come away with a series victory as they took two of three games against the Yankees. Wil Myers had great at bats in New York with 7 RBIs this past weekend. Myers always swings the bat well when playing against the Yankees. Myers has become a Yankee's slayer and has punished the Yankees his entire career thus far. He had an inside the park home run on Sunday while the Rays cruised to a 5-1 victory. Rays' fans hope he continues to produce against the AL East rivals his entire career.
We are a month into Tampa Bay Rays baseball and the Rays are just playing average baseball. These past two series were the first time the Rays won back-to-back series all season. Tampa Bay has not been spectacular but they have not been horrible. Rays' fans certainly know they are better than their record indicates. The Rays have been killed by injuries but they have certainly have left a lot on the table. Tampa is not hitting well with runners in scoring positions. Rays' batters tend to ground into double plays way too often.
The Rays just need to survive until they get pitching reinforcements in June with Jeremy Hellickson, Alex Colome and Alex Cobb. Erik Bedard had a solid outing on Sunday in New York but still needs to be more consistent. Josh Lueke needs to be sent back down as he just can't get it done out of the bullpen. Joe Maddon believes he has a big upside but fans have yet to see it. These younger kids like Nathan Karns deserve a chance to prove themselves. Karns was brought up on Sunday for Heath Bell but did not get a chance to pitch. It looks as if Brad Boxberger will take his place on the roster on Tuesday. The Rays have never had a starting pitching problem like this. It seems it is hard to find five solid innings from most of their starters right now. Jake Odorizzi can't seem to get through the lineup more than one time. This is a pitching problem that needs to be turned around soon.
James Loney continues to produce behind the plate as he has been solid all season. Desmond Jennings is now crushing the baseball. He had three consecutive homers in three consecutive games this weekend. Ryan Hanigan and Sean Rodriguez have also been nice surprises behind the plate for the Rays. Wil Myers is hitting the ball well against the Yankees but that's about it. He needs to pick it up to go along with Ben Zobrist who has also been struggling this first month of the season.
The Rays will now welcome in the Baltimore Orioles (15-14) for a three-game series to start the six-game homestand. Chris Archer will take the hill on Tuesday at Tropicana Field to start the series. This is going to be another big series in the AL East as everyone is real tight in the best division in baseball. The Rays look to play catch up this homestand as they are now only two games back in the East.