How much of the Rays’ poor results are on Cash?

by Gary Shelton on September 23, 2015 · 1 comment

in general, Tampa Bay Rays

Cash has handled his clubhouse well in year one./JEFFREY S. KING

Cash has handled his clubhouse well in year one./JEFFREY S. KING

Wednesday, 6 a.m.

His team has fallen so hard, so fast, you might think that the AL East is an empty elevator shaft.

The Tampa Bay Rays have stepped off of the ledge of a building, and every day, it seems they plummet past another floor. You feel confident that if the division had more teams, well, by golly, the Rays could finish behind them, too. They are bewildered by extra innings. They keep coming from behind, and then they keep falling from ahead. They keep pointing five pitchers a night toward the mound, and inevitably, one of them seems to find his way to do a poor job.

The Rays managed to get back out of the cellar Tuesday night. But it's late September, and the team is in a dogfight for last place. What does that tell you?

So how will we remember the Rays' return to mediocrity in this 2015 season?

And how much of the blame will we place on manager Kevin Cash?

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scott myers September 23, 2015 at 7:30 am

Gary,

You ask “So how will we remember the Rays’ return to mediocrity in this 2015 season?”

I would characterize this season as a continuation of mediocrity, not a return. The Rays, under Joe Maddon, were 77-85 in 2014 as you point out later in your column. You can’t blame the injuries on Cash, and I doubt that Cash asked for Jepsen to be traded, which IMHO, totally destroyed the karma, cohesion, and effectiveness of the Rays’ bullpen for the remainder of this 2015 season.

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