Dissecting the Rays’ half of a season

by Gary Shelton on July 11, 2019 · 2 comments

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Morton was the best Ray of all./CHUCK MULLER

Most valuable player: 1. Charlie Morton

2. Tommy Pham

3. Austin Meadows

Why they’re not leading: The Rays are 4-9 against the Yankees

Least valuable player: 1. Jose Alvarado

2. Diego Castillo

3. Mike Zunino

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Why they’re not leading: They’re 7-10 in one-run games.

Most disappointing: Blake Snell

Why they’re not leading:  They’re 26-22 at home.

Best newcomer: Austin Meadows

Why they’re not leading: They’re 3-6 in extra-inning games.

All-Stars: Charlie Morton

Austin Meadows

Brandon Lowe

Why they’re not leading: They were 13-16 in June.

Tying and go-ahead RBI: Lowe, 18

Why they’re not leading: They’re 0-31 when trailing after eight innings

Best Baserunner: Kevin Kiermaier

Why they’re not leading: The Rays are 22nd in the majors in home runs.

Worst baserunner: Tommy Pham

Why they’re not leading: The Rays are 2-5 against Minnesota.

Best trade: Chris Archer for Tyler Glanow, Meadows

Worst trade: Mallex Smith for Mike Zunino

The Strikeout Kings: 1. Charlie Morton

2. Blake Snell

3. Brandon Lowe

Best win: July 7 vs. New York, vs.  4-3   … d’Arnaud, walkoff home run

Worst Loss: June 20 vs. Oakland, 5-4 … Chapman, walkoff three run homer

High ERAs:  Chaz Roe             5.27

Austin Pruitt       5.66

Jose Alvarado.    5.06

Most RBI:  Brandon Lowe     49

Avi Garcia            43

Kevin Kiermaier 41

Austin Meadows   41

They Got Away

C.J. Cron, Minnesota, 17 homers

Jake Odorizzi, Minnesota. 10 wins

Stolen Bases: Kiermaier    17

Triples: Kiermaier    6

Doubles: Yandy Diaz  18

Hit by Pitch: Garcia         7

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Rick Martin July 11, 2019 at 3:47 am

Do the empty seats at the Trop get any mid-season awards (they do get a lot of press coverage) or maybe the people in the seats get some sort of attaboy trophy for supporting the team when no one else will?

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Gary Shelton July 12, 2019 at 6:38 pm

Rick,

Is being next-to-last in attendance supporting the team? Seriously, I’ve always said those few who do come should get applause. But let’s don’t act as if the market is doing its job.

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