Tampa Bay doesn’t want to get ahead of itself, but 40 games into their season, the Rays have posted one of the best records in the last 40 years.
At 29-11, with a four-game lead on the Yankees, Tampa Bay ranks behind only the ’84 Tigers, ’98 Yankees and ’01 Mariners for the best quarter season start ever. In those seasons, the Tigers and Yankees won the World Series, however the ’01 Mariners lost to the Yankees in the ALCS.
There’s no question that the Rays are on top because of their pitching and timely hitting. With a 2.77 staff ERA they are the stingiest in the league by almost one run and trail the Padres by .03. Their team batting average of .256 is a nothing to write home about 7th, but they’ve scored the second-most runs (behind the Yankees).
A lot can happen after the All Star Break, and I would never count the Yankees out unless they are trailing by more games than they have to play but Tampa Bay is playing some really solid baseball right now!
Where are you Rays fans? What do you have to say about your team?
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Written by Stephanie Geosits