Blue Jays AL East Recap: Jays fall out of contention

TORONTO, ON - JULY 2: Glenn Sparkman
TORONTO, ON - JULY 2: Glenn Sparkman /
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BALTIMORE, MD – JULY 01: Logan Morrison
BALTIMORE, MD – JULY 01: Logan Morrison /

Rays Holding Strong

The Rays enter play Monday only 5 games back of first place, and a hold of the second WC spot. They have been consistent in their performance as of late, and it shows in the record books. Wilson Ramos has been as good as advertised, and the Rays look like real competitors in the postseason picture. Their young rotation is excellent, and their offense has been steady and strong all year. Their bullpen is the area of biggest concern, and would likely be where any upgrades went at the Deadline.

Corey Dickerson has led Tampa’s offense thus far and was named the starting DH at the 2017 All-Star Game. Aiding in the last few weeks has been Wilson Ramos, who has looked much like is pre-injury self this year. Expect the Rays to get even better when Kevin Kiermaier and Matt Andriese get their injuries sorted out. While all eyes have been locked on the struggle between New York and Boston, the Rays have quietly propelled themselves into contention.

Final Takeaway:

The Rays are looking like the real deal lately. They have withstood injuries and slumps and remain firmly entrenched in the race for October.