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The Rays Battle with Houdini



Its hard to believe but true. Six of the past seven times the Rays loaded the bases with no runs ended with nary a baserunner crossing the plate. Below are a list of bullet points related to the Rays in situations with ducks on the pond and no one out:

  • The Run Expectancy matrix shows a team should expect to score 2.47 runs with the bases loaded and nobody out. The Rays are averaging 1.75 runs.
  • The distribution of runs over the season: 1,6,3,4,0,0,0,4,0,0,0
  • The pitchers who Houdini'd the Rays are Dan Haren, Ryan Webb, Chris Narveson, Luke Hochevar, Joakim Soria, and Ricky Romero.
  • Despite the reputation as a death blow, the Rays are 3-3 in games when they have been Houdini'd.
  • The Magic of Kotch has faded with the bases loaded and less than two outs: 0-5 with 4 double plays though two were in the air.
  • The last eight batters to come to the plate with no outs and the bases juiced have failed to produce a run.
  • The team has had 50 plate appearances with the bases loaded and less than two outs, yet Evan Longoria is yet to have an opportunity.
  • Matt Joyce is 0-5 with a Sac Fly in his six plate appearances with the bases loaded and less than two outs (1 RBI in 6 PA). 
  • 10 of the team's 50 plate appearances with the bases loaded and less than two outs have resulted in double play's, an astonishing 20% rate.
  • The bright spots: Ben Zobrist 2-4 (2B, HR, BB) and Johnny Damon (reached bases 3 of 8 times, RBI in 6 of 8 chances) have produced 17 of the teams 32 RBI with the bases loaded and less than two outs.
  • Rays pitching has only pulled off one Houdini this year in 12 chances when Jake McGee and Juan Cruz shut down the Red Sox in extras.

This post was written by a member of the DRaysBay community and does not necessarily express the views or opinions of DRaysBay staff.

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