The Rays are surging at exactly the right time.
After a tide-turning 9 and 1 home stand which included a sweep of the Cleveland Indians, they have created 1.5 games of separation between themselves and the Oakland A’s for the Wild Card lead.
Since August 30, they are the third best offense in baseball (116 wRC+) as well as the best pitching staff in baseball (2.57 ERA), almost a half a run better than the second best Astros (2.90).
But this coming roadtrip looks to be an important one. Starting tonight, they will take on the Rangers for 3, followed by the Angels in the weekend series, and after another day off next Monday, the Dodgers for 2. After that, it’s back to the bay area for the final homestand of the season when they take on the Red Sox and Yankees.
It will be one of the tougher stretches in the Rays schedule, but with things clicking as they are right now, this group is certainly up for it.
- TWIRB: Carlos Pena and Chaz Roe stop by!