September 3, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Shields (33) in the dugout between innings against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Rays' Offense Is Reason For Struggles, But It Comes Back to the Pitching

The Rays just completed a horrendous 1-5 road trip versus the Orioles and Yankees. The major problem was the offense, which averaged just 3.2 runs per game. But the pitching was not that great itself, allowing 5 runs per game with a 4.57 run average (counting unearned runs). And the big issue was starting pitching. Matt Moore bookended the road trip with a pair of outings where he went a combined 7 innings- 3 and a half innings per start won’t cut it. Alex Cobb couldn’t get out of the 5th inning in the second game versus the Orioles. And in the third game, it was a 14-inning classic game, but Jeremy Hellickson lasted just 5 innings. James Shields allowed 4 runs in 6.1 innings on Saturday, so only David Price was able to give the Rays anything resembling a strong outing. The Rays have to find some way to get length from their starters because their bullpen is getting used like crazy, and the offense isn’t scoring nearly enough to offset their problems. We know that it’s awfully tough to pitch knowing that your offense may only get you a run or two the entire game. But if the Rays are going to do anything the rest of the season, they need their starters to find some way to get back on track.

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