Oh how quickly the mighty can fall. After getting off to a hot start, the Tampa Bay Rays end the week in not so spectacular fashion. Sunday afternoon, they lost the third game in Baltimore, giving the Orioles their first series sweep since 2018.
The start of the week was much less dismal. The Rays reeled off two straight wins against the Braves. Monday’s home win feels like it was a month ago, and it feels like the Rays used up all of their runs that night. They scored 14 runs on their way to a rout of Atlanta.
The Rays’ pitching was the story on Tuesday. Yonny Chirinos took the mound and pitched four innings, allowing just one unearned run. The Rays got offensive support from Yoshi Tsutsugo, Jose Martinez, and Joey Wendle.
Wednesday and Thursday saw the Rays slide begin. Ace Charlie Morton battled Mike Soroka, but the Rays fell 7-4. Thursday’s game was no better, as the Rays fell behind by two early. They only mustered up one run, though, losing 2-1.
This weekend’s series against Baltimore has been an unmitigated disaster. Friday’s game saw 2018 Cy Young winner Blake Snell return to the mound. He allowed three runs, including two homers, on the way to a 6-3 loss.
Saturday night was much closer, going into the 11th inning. The Rays struggled at the plate until the 8th, scoring three runs and tying the game. Those would be their last runs scored, as they lost following a Pat Valaika walk off single. 5-4 Orioles win.
Sunday afternoon was yet another infuriating day for the Rays at the dish. The team struck out 10 times, collecting only six total hits and one measly run. The Orioles got the sweep, winning 5-1.
AL East Standings
NY Yankees: 7-1 Baltimore Orioles: 5-3 Toronto Blue Jays: 3-4 Tampa Bay Rays: 4-6 Boston Red Sox: 3-7
Batter of the Week: Joey Wendle
.350/.381/.550, 1 HR, 2 RBI
If I could choose to give this title to no one, I would. The Tampa Bay Rays were absolutely inept at the plate this week. Wendle only gets this week’s Batter of the week Award because everyone else was even more horrible.
For me this was a toss up between last week’s winner, Brandon Lowe, and Wendle. Lowe had a worse slash line and more strikeouts, but his hits ended up mattering more. Lowe produced more runs than Wendle by a few.
Wendle had a solid week though. He got on base relatively often compared to everyone else. What I liked most is how he battled through at bats. He only struck out twice in 20 at bats, working the count well and putting the ball into play.
Pitcher of the Week: Tyler Glasnow
2 Games, 8.2 IP, .133 AVG Against, 1.04 WHIP
This selection was much more difficult than batter of the week. Glasnow, Chirinos, and Ryan Yarbrough all pitched well this week. However, I was most impressed by Glasnow’s delayed return to the mound.
He pitched extremely well against the Braves in his first start. He struck out nine batters, walked two, and allowed just one hit and one run… but it was a home run.
Glasnow didn’t necessarily struggle against the Orioles, but his performance was less dominant. He struck out five, walked three, and allowed two earned runs over four innings.
This Glasnow may not be the completely dominant pitcher we became accustomed to last season, but his success should bring success to the Rays.
The Week Ahead
The Tampa Bay Rays need to fix what is ailing them and do it soon. The pitching has been fine, not spectacular so far. The defense and offense, on the other hand, have been pretty awful. The Rays currently lead the AL in errors.
This week will be tough for the team if they play as poorly as the did last week. The Rays start off hosting Boston for a two game set, before playing four against the Yankees.
This week should be a perfect way for the Rays to catch up to the rest of the division, especially the leading Yankees.