The Tampa Bay Rays offense is continuing to carry the team. Tampa has had at nine hits in four out of last five games and is 20-4 when they score at least five runs. This new look offense is dominating pitchers up and down the lineup. The Rays lost the series against the Yankees this past weekend and have now won four games in a row. Tampa beat the Marlins Monday and Tuesday at Tropicana Field. Monday the Rays won 10-6 with two homers from Kelly Johnson. On Tuesday the Rays battled back from being down 4-0 and won 7-6 on a walk-off single by Desmond Jennings. This team continues to fight back and not give up no matter what the score seems to be. This offense is capable of putting up six run innings, as they have done this many times this year. It seems to be contagious, when one batter gets a hit the others tend to follow. Roberto Hernandez was terrific on Wednesday night giving up only one run and went into the ninth inning, by far his best outing as a Ray. Tampa was able to hold on beating the Marlins 3-1.
This is all new for the Tampa Bay Rays. Pitching and defense is what this team was made on and now the offense is clicking on all cylinders. The pitching has not been as solid as in years past but with the rays collecting hits it doesn’t have to be terrific for Tampa to keep its head above water. Joe Maddon continues to have confidence in his bullpen and is sure this group will come together and be the group we all know.
James Loney and Kelly Johnson have been terrific assets for this organization in 2013. Kelly Johnson was the first to hit 10 homers this year for Tampa. James Loney continues to have the highest batting average on the team. This continues to show Andrew Friedman’s brilliance with bringing in new players. Friedman understands what kind of players this team is looking for. He finds them cheap, sometimes used but seems to be able to plug them right into Joe Maddon’s winning formula. Joe Maddon is a fun coach to play for, as players who have left have said the same thing. His laid back approach allows players to compete at their highest level.
The Rays outstanding record at home continues but Tampa has one more game in Miami on Thursday. Beating Miami is nothing to be proud of though as the Rays should beat this team. Tampa is now (28-24) as the Miami Marlins have only won 13 games all year. The Rays will travel to Cleveland to face off against the Indians this weekend. Tampa is still in fourth place in the American League East and three games back of the Boston Red Sox. Matt Moore is still undefeated and will get the start in Miami on Thursday to wrap up the series before the team will head to Cleveland. The Indians are playing good ball as of late and Tampa has not been its sharpest on the road (11-14). Fans hope the hot bats continue this weekend. Tampa is at a season-best four games over .500 now.