The Rays improved upon their pedestrian May by posting a solid June. On June 2, they embarked on a long, long road trip that saw them travel to four different cities including flying to Detroit for a make-up game. They lost two of three to Boston, but then won eight of their next nine thanks to interleague play.
It was also an odd month on the baseball schedule. They only played six games against the AL East and spent most of the month playing domes. They ended the month with 12 straight games against National League teams. That certainly won’t be the case in July.
The Rays only lost 11 times, but they were shutout five different times. After the jump are the monthly awards.
Best Win: June 28 vs. the Reds
Worst Loss: June 10 at the Orioles
Most Important Series: June 14-16 vs. the Red Sox
They lost two of three in a pitching dominated series.
Top Hitter: Ben Zobrist
The super utility player slugged 12 doubles and scored 20 runs and posted a .304/.395/.461 line
Top Pitcher: James Shields
He lost his first start of the month and the last start of the month, but in between he had three great outings throwing three complete games while allowing just one earned run.
Hard luck player: Jeremy Hellickson
He’s currently on a four game losing streak that’s not entirely his fault. He’s received exactly one run of support during that run.