Could these Rays lose 100 games before it’s over?

by Gary Shelton on July 10, 2015 · 4 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Rays

Cash has seen his team crash after a very good start./JEFFREY S. KING

Cash has seen his team crash after a very good start./JEFFREY S. KING

Friday, 6 a.m.

How bad could it get?

How far out could they finish?

The faster these Tampa Bay Rays fall, and the further, the easier it is to wonder. This team continues to plummet, past the clouds, past the mountain tops, and toward the rocks below. You know it will end up painful and it may end up bloody.

There are days it feels as if the Rays will never again get another hit, and other days when it feels as if they will not record another out. Every day, it seems, the Rays forget one more thing about how to play baseball. Coming up next: Turning left at first base.

And you wonder.

Could this team lose 100 games for the first time in nine years?

Not long ago, that would have been a laughable concept. Why, the Rays were 40-30, and they gripped the

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John Garvey July 10, 2015 at 7:04 pm

This is about money. It’s about MLB having no salary cap. It’s about the Rays not being able to afford to compete fairly.
My biggest concern is the Rays EVER getting a new stadium here. Does anyone really believe it will happen anymore? Look, the money is not here. Not to compete for players OR build a new stadium. The money is not there for the fans either. Why? This state is all about the service industry and during the summer half the state has gone up north. Less money to spend. And on a losing team with little hope for an economic turnaround?
This is a very bad situation that’s not going to get better. And it’s become depressing to watch. It’s sad.

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Howard Powders July 10, 2015 at 8:46 am

I don’t know about losing 100 games, but last place in a weak division is right around the corner. You can’t trade away/release so many players (Ben Zobrist????) and expect to be in first place. This is a “rebuilding” year, for lack of anything else nice to say.

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Cecil DeBald July 10, 2015 at 7:19 am

We’ll bounce back and finish with a winning record is my bet. Lots of young players, and the string of injuries put tons of pressure on them, we are struggling but with the all-star break, and the return of Oto and Dez, Drew in August, and a bit of mental strength from the 1st half and we’ll do fine. Lots of exciting baseball coming for us, I hope, win or lose, the fans appreciate the hustle and effort and talent we get to watch all season long.

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Barry McDowell July 10, 2015 at 3:59 pm

Cecil, do you work for the Rays front office? I do love your optimism but Howard and I think alike. Their business model has finally caught up to them–maybe Andrew Friedman knew something so he bailed. I predict they will end up with 70-75 wins and in the division cellar. Hope I’m wrong.

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