Can Jays Finally Win Series At The Trop


Aug 15, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon (70) looks at the lineup in the dugout during the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsYup the Jays are out of contention but there’s still one thing they can still try to accomplish this season.

Back in May when the Jays were about to start their first series against the Rays this season I wrote about how the least the Jays could do this season is stop getting owned by the Rays.

The reason it was “the least” the Jays could do is because they were 11-21 at the time.

And since then the Jays have gone 45-44 so again the least they can accomplish this season is winning a series at Tropicana Field for the first time since 2007.

It’s also the last series the Jays play at the Trop this season so I don’t want to still have this burden on the Jays in 2014.

The Jays won a series against the Rays for the first time since 2010 at Rogers Centre earlier this season but operation stop getting owned by the Rays is still not going well as the Jays are 5-8 against the Rays this season.

But the Jays chances of ending there Tropicana series drought are actually pretty good despite what’s occurred in the last 6 years.

For starters the Jays just took 2 out of 3 from the Red Sox. The Red Sox lead the majors in runs scored and the Jays held them to 8 runs in the whole series.

There’s also the big fact that the Jays miss David Price and Matt Moore in this series. I could probably just end the post here, what else is there to say?

The Rays will send Jeremy Hellickson, Roberto Hernandez and Chris Archer to the mound.

All of those starters have been cold lately. In fact the Rays themselves have been cold lately as they are recovering from a recent 6 game losing streak.

Dickey, Happ and Redmond are going to the mound for the Jays and there all coming off of good starts.

Dickey has absolutely owned the Rays at the Trop with complete games against them there last season and this season. JAYS MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER CLOSING THE ROGERS CENTER DURING DICKEY’S STARTS.

The Jays also have their good luck charm Kawasaki back. The Jays are 39-33 with him in the lineup, believe it or not. If the Jays win a series at the Trop they should consider giving Kawasaki a contract extension.

UPDATE: Kawasaki has been put on the paternity list so at least the Jays have an excuse for losing this series to the Rays LOL

The 2013 season hasn’t gone as anyone hoped but if the Jays are going to accomplish just one thing this season can they please please WIN A SERIES AT THE TROP!