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The Rays could be the league's best offense. Here's why:

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The Rays have been among the league leaders offensively over the last month.

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Earlier this season I took the stance that the Rays need to just keep doing what they were doing after a rough start through the first ten games of the season. The Rays managed just 24 runs in their first ten games and it was looking like the remade offense wouldn't put runs on the board that many have hoped to see.

The results weren't good, but there were things they were doing well and if they continued to do well the results would follow.

The Rays have come alive over the last 25 games

Over the last 30 days which covers 25 games and misses one game between the first ten and the last twenty five which was a seven run outburst against John Danks.

Last 25 954 8.6% 25.8% 16.9% 0.237 0.315 0.451 0.330 113 4.40

The Rays have been really productive over the last month. That line places the Rays second in wRC+ and third in wOBA in the American League over that time period. That 4.40 runs per game is helped by last night's thirteen run onslaught of the Blue Jays.

The Rays are improving

The results have dramatically improved, but has the team actually improved?

PA BB% K% BABIP LD% GB% FB% IFFB% HR/FB Soft Medium Hard
First 10 340 5.9% 26.0% 0.240 18.6% 44.7% 36.7% 7.2% 12.0% 20.3% 48.5% 31.3%
Last 25 954 8.6% 25.8% 0.282 18.5% 41.4% 40.1% 14.4% 16.9% 18.4% 45.8% 35.8%

The walk rate has dramatically improved as it has gone from the bottom of the league to twelfth. The strikeout rate remains the same and continues to lead the league.

The BABIP has regressed closer to a more reasonable number, but being below average is to be expected with a high infield fly rate and home run rate. You'd also like to see a few more line drives, which would help the BABIP, as long as they stay away from hitting them toward defending third basemen.

The Rays should continue launching

The Rays are hitting the ball incredibly hard as they lead the league in hard contact percent and fly ball percent, and the Rays are hitting even more fly balls, with many of those are leaving the yard -- 32 of the 42 homers the Rays have hit are via a designated fly ball.

Flyball data:

FB BABIP AVE SLG ISO Exit Velo Distance
Rays 155 0.124 0.316 1.058 0.742 94.2 334.4
Evan Longoria 20 0.118 0.250 0.800 0.550 95.9 352.8
Steven Souza, Jr. 13 0.125 0.462 1.692 1.230 99.2 336.8
Steve Pearce 11 0.200 0.636 2.364 1.728 98.7 345.4
Curt Casali 10 0.200 0.600 2.100 1.500 95.7 347.9
Logan Forsythe 11 0.333 0.455 1.364 0.909 95.5 351.3
Corey Dickerson 20 0.125 0.300 1.000 0.700 94.8 331.8
Tim Beckham 5 0.000 0.200 0.800 0.600 94.1 346.1
Brad Miller 8 0.286 0.375 0.875 0.500 93.3 342.6
Desmond Jennings 11 0.100 0.182 0.545 0.363 92.6 327.4
Logan Morrison 10 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 92.5 319.7
Kevin Kiermaier 19 0.063 0.211 0.737 0.526 92.2 329.3
Brandon Guyer 8 0.200 0.500 1.625 1.125 90.2 312.5
Hank Conger 6 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 88.2 284.0
Taylor Motter 3 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 86.9 301.6

As a team the Rays rank second in batting average and lead the league in slugging, isolated power, average exit velocity, and average distance for the last month, despite being seventh in BABIP.

The usual suspects are among the leaders are Logan Forsythe, Steven Souza, Jr, and Evan Longoria, while Steve Pearce, Curt Casali, and Corey Dickerson are smoking the ball for a lot of damage.

Brad Miller, Kevin Kiermaier, and Brandon Guyer are doing their part in adding to the damage inflicted to baseballs.

Only starters Logan Morrison and Hank Conger are struggling when the ball is airborne, and both are platooned parts of the line up.

Concluding Thoughts

We should not overreact over one great offensive game, that performance has been long overdue, but across the board the runs are starting to flow.

The Rays need to continue hitting the ball hard and in the air and the runs will follow. If the pitchers can step up and do what has become expected this team could go on a run and tighten the gap in the division.