A peak ahead at the Rays’ plans for 2016

by Gary Shelton on September 30, 2015 · 1 comment

in general, Tampa Bay Rays

Cabrera's two-run homer lifted the Rays to victory over the Marlins./JEFFREY S. KING

Cabrera's two-run homer lifted the Rays to victory over the Marlins./JEFFREY S. KING

Wednesday, 6 a.m.

And so you look at them differently here in this dying season.

They will not go to the post-season. They will not be your sleeper team, Despite all of the shortcomings – extra innings, blown saves, a lack of comebacks – they will not leave you with a smile on your face.

Darn them.

Now, there are a couple of ways to look at the Rays as they begin their final homestand. One is to shake your head and sigh. They were not enough. They were good enough to start at 40-30, but they were bad enough to finish 36-51. Fifteen games under .500 isn't just a little bit bad.

So is there some disappointment? You betcha. Flirting with last place is a fool's romance, and nothing you can say about injuries or youth or happy talk from the TV announcers will pretty it up. There were just too

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jeffrey king September 30, 2015 at 11:05 am

Nice article Gary. Gives me hope for next season.

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