The Tampa Bay Rays continued their winning ways in week four. They took on a pair of divisional opponents and in the process, put together one of the best offensive series I’ve ever seen.
The Rays ended last week on a two-game winning streak. They started the week by adding four wins to that streak by thrashing the Boston Red Sox. The first game was the closest of the four-game set.
The Last Week
The story of the first game against the Red Sox was Manuel Margot. The new Ray got off to a slow start with the club, but in the face of personal tragedy, he stepped up. After losing his father to COVID-19 the previous week, Margot went 4-for-4 with an RBI and walk. Rays win 8-7.
Game two got the party started for the Rays. Leaning on their bullpen with injuries to the staff, the bats got going. The Rays put up six runs in the 7th inning. Rays win 8-2.
Game three was the Blake Snell show. The former Cy Young winner shone in his longest start so far. He struck out six and limited the Red Sox to just four hits. The pen allowed a few runs, but the Rays win 9-5.
The series sweep clincher was the best offensive performance by the Rays I’ve seen in a long time. The Tampa Bay Rays dropped 17 runs on the Sox on their way out of Boston. The exclamation point on the game was a 6th inning homer by Hunter Renfroe that left Fenway. Rays win 17-8.
The last two games in Buffalo were essentially bullpen days for the Rays. Ryan Yarbrough went three innings before the game was halted for rain. They finished the game on Sunday, and the Rays won the top of the new double-header 3-2.
Yonny Chirinos returned to the mound in the bottom game of Sunday’s double-header. He only lasted 2.2 innings before handing the game to the pen. The Rays had just enough offense to go into extras. A two-run jack from Willy Adames won it for the Rays, 7-5.
AL East Standings
NY Yankees: 15-6 Tampa Bay Rays: 14-9 Baltimore Orioles:12-9 Toronto Blue Jays: 7-11 Boston Red Sox: 6-16
Batter of the Week
.448/.500/1.000, 4 HR, 10 RBI
This was a very difficult decision. Lowe was not the only Ray that had himself at a great week at the plate. Both Manuel Margot and Mike Brosseau had great weeks.
One could argue that Margot had a better slash line than Lowe, but I had to take production into account. Margot only had three RBIs, whereas Lowe sent ten runs across the plate.
Pitcher of the Week
1 GS, 1 W, 2.08 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, .200 AVG
Blake Snell may not have played much this week, but it was good to see him play closer to his potential. Snell had his struggles up until now, but he performed.
Snell finally seemed to have some command of his pitches. His fastball was touching 97 again, and his curveball and changeup were working. He held the Red Sox offense to no runs in his first win of the year.
The Week Ahead
The Rays get a day off as they continue their road trip. Their week starts with a three-game series in the Bronx. They then return home to welcome the Blue Jays for a four-game series.
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