Over the last 31 games the Rays have dropped 19. Of course, being in the AL East any slump of this magnitude generally results in falling behind—by a lot.
Though it may not seem so horrid being 2.5 games back as of Sunday night, the Rays 31 games ago had a comfortable 4.5 game lead over the Yankees, and the Red Sox were out of the question. Now they find themselves in third, and in the midst of a slump, it leads fans –like me—to wonder how low can they go?
Frustrations are certainly reaching a boiling point. B.J. Upton and Evan Longoria were in each others faces Sunday after a lethargic effort by Upton to fetch a ball in the outfield which resulted in a Arizona triple.
The Rays would go on to lose the game 2-1 to Arizona. Both Longoria and Upton have reason to be upset. Upton is the sad owner of a .223 BA, while Longoria has seen better days. The altercation in the dugout apparently was more a matter of positioning rather than the lack of hustle. Both players have digressed from the situation.
On the pitching side, James Shields has lost 4 of his last 5 starts. Jeff Niemen has only managed one victory in his last five, and most depressing of all, Wade Davis is 0-5 in his last five while suiting a miserable 6.00 ERA.
When it rains it pours in Tampa Bay.
The Rays are hoping for sunny days ahead as they return to American League play against the Red Sox and hope to gain some ground in the division standings they once grasped so tightly.
About the Author
Written by Charlie Crabb
Charlie Crabb is currently studying journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Crabb is also a pitcher for an elite baseball travel team known as the Ottawa Knights, who play -with success- in tournaments all over North America. His current goals are to graduate and play ball at a professional level.