These last few games in Toronto have been frustrating. We are emotional fans. I get it. Some of the players on the team haven’t produced what we wanted or expected from them, and that feeling is exacerbated when the disappointing performance is against one of the worst teams in baseball right now.
It’s going to be alright. There are some really good players already on this team, and help is on the way.
Chris Archer just gave us his third start of at least 7 innings, and he only gave up 1 run in the process. He’s been one of the best starting pitchers in baseball this season.
Corey Dickerson and Steven Souza Jr. are on fire at the plate, and Souza in particular has looked like a plus defender in right field. They both look like much better players than they were last year.
Evan Longoria, Logan Morrison and Derek Norris are all running some really low BABIPs right now. They will come up, and the results will come with it.
The long relievers in the bullpen Austin Pruitt, Erasmo Ramirez and Chase Whitley have performed exceptionally well lately. We should see one of them in the mid-to-late innings most nights when Archer doesn’t start.
Jake Odorizzi will be back tomorrow to bolster the starting rotation. Outfielder Colby Rasmus looks ready to join the Rays within the next few days. Infielder Matt Duffy should be back in May. Catcher Wilson Ramos is projected to be with the team a month after that. All of these players are significant upgrades to this team; a team that is already performing like a .500 club. And who knows, maybe we’ll see the hot-hitting Patrick Leonard or any of the other prospects up with the Rays soon.
This is not 2015, when the Rays got off to a decent start before Alex Cobb, Drew Smyly, and pretty much everyone else got hurt, and there wasn’t enough talent available to replace those losses. This is a start the Rays can work with, and there is help on the way.