Rays find Success on Field, Woes Off Field
Tampa Bay jumped in the standings after a strong week. They beat the Detroit Tigers to start the week, before winning 3 of 4 from Oakland. While the Blue Jays couldn’t put it together against the Athletics, the Rays found few problems against them. For their effort, the Rays now sit 3rd in the division, and 6 games back of first. More importantly, they only sit 2 games behind the Second Place Red Sox. The Rays young rotation has looked sharp, as Chris Archer remains a force to be reckoned with. Their offense has been excellent as well, including Evan Longoria’s 250th Home Run. The Rays have been firing on all cylinders, and look like they have a real chance at contending.
There were a number of negatives to mire the positives this week. Despite their on-field success, the health of their players has continued to be a problem. Despite many players returning from earlier injuries, more have been taking their place. This week was quite the blow for them. Gold Glove Center Fielder Kevin Kiermaier will be out for at least two months. Joining him will be Short Stop Brad Miller and Matt Andriese. Andriese managed just one inning in his first stint off the DL before landing right back on it. How they continue to weather this roller coaster will be key to remaining successful this season.