Rays lose a crusher as Wild-Card slips further away

by Gary Shelton on August 27, 2015 · 0 comments

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Kiermaier is suddenly one the Rays' hottest hitters./JEFFREY S. KING

Kiermaier is suddenly one the Rays' hottest hitters/JEFFREY S. KING

Thursday, 6 a.m.

When the baserunners stand in place, out after out, batter after batter, stranded there like a fan in the wrong stadium as teammates pop up weakly, that elusive wild-card berth seems a million miles away.

At such a time, all the talk of the Rays reaching the post-season seems silly.

When pitcher Chris Archer tries to chase down a bunt, then flops in the grass in an effort to catch up to the ball, there seems to be dozens of teams in the way, and odds are, one of them will stay hotter than Tampa Bay.

At such a time, all of the ambition in the voices of the Rays' players seems like the bravado of a team trying to convince itself it still alive in the chase.

When the team keeps talking about how all the games are important, and then it goes out and moves further under .500 as if they are trying to get out of this race by September, it seems as if the Rays are only pretenders for the moment.

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