The Tampa Bay Rays will look to jump start their bats against the Minnesota Twins (9-10) on Tuesday for a three-game series at Tropicana Field. David Price will take the mound tonight on Tuesday. He will be followed by Jake Odorizzi on Wednesday and Erik Bedard on Thursday. Hopefully the Price is right and he has a better start then his last outing against the Yankees on Thursday. Desmond Jennings is also due back in the lineup tonight as he has been dealing with groin issues. Hopefully the Rays can turn it around and fix their inconsistent bats as of late.
The Rays just finished splitting a series with the New York Yankees this past weekend. The Rays were in a real funk offensively until Friday night against the New York Yankees (11-8) at Tropicana Field. The Rays (9-10) fell behind 5-1 but came back to rally and steal the game 11-5 on Friday. This was a much needed spark for the Rays offense. The Rays were unable to get a timely hit with runners in scoring position until the big hit by James Loney on Friday. It looked as if the Rays' batters were lost behind the plate after falling 10-2 on Thursday night to start the homestand against the Yankees. The Rays offense was struggling to say the least until a James Loney hit with runners in scoring position in the 7th inning on Friday night. James Loney has rescued the Rays multiple times this season. He has become one of the more consistent bats in the lineup night in and night out for Tampa Bay.
On Saturday, the Rays exploded as they whooped up on the Yankees 16-1. Wil Myers finally got out of his major slump. He hit two bombs against the Yankees on Saturday night. Maybe that's all the Rays needed was some confidence and balls to fall in open grass or the seats for the bats to make the turn. Myers always seems to see the ball well against Yankees pitchers. Hopefully this is something he continues to do his entire career. Ryan Hanigan also went deep twice in the clobbering of New York on Saturday. Evan Longoria now has the record for the most home runs all-time for the Rays. He also hit a homer on Saturday. It was a great day for Rays' fans. The Rays could not take the series though as the Yanks won the final game on Sunday in 12 innings.
The pitching will be a scare for the next month with Alex Cobb and Jeremy Hellickson out until at least June. Matt Moore is done for the season so now everyone has to take their game to the next level. Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi are going to have to step up big time for the Rays to be successful. Another pitching candidate the Rays should bring up is Nathan Karns. They acquired him in the Jose Lobaton trade and he needs a chance to make the rotation. Erik Bedard has struggled all spring with the Rays. He will need to show them he deserves to be in the rotation on Thursday against the Twins. Josh Lueke has also struggled; he obviously doesn't have what it takes in the big leagues. He has great minor league pitching numbers but just hasn't been able to get it done at the next level. The Rays will need to keep bringing up fresh arms to be able to survive the next month or so. Tampa Bay will head to Chicago to face off against the White Sox (10-10) this weekend after the finale of the Twins series on Thursday.