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When Progression Strikes

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Remember pre-trade deadline when we pondered whether a trade was needed given possible progressions by Cliff Floyd and Willy Aybar? Well, don't look now, but I think that's beginning to happen.

Cliff Floyd is now fourth on the team in OPS at .819. In his last 10 games he's got an on-base percentage over .500 (!) and a slugging of .600. He's walked eight times (although four came in one game) hit a homerun and has four doubles. The best part is his BABIP (.281) does not match the expected average of his 23.4% line drives.

In Willy Aybar's last 10 games he's got a .956 OPS, including a .600 slugging as well. Stop me if you've heard this before but his LD% is  19.1 and his BABIP is in the .230's, I think you can figure out where I'm going with that one.

Don't look now, but the Rays are in the midst of their best offensive month of the season, a direct equalizer to July which should be the worst.