Pythagorean Record is an interesting statistic that uses a teams run scored and runs allowed values to determine what their won-loss record would be independent of luck. What can throw a team’s Pythagorean Record completely off, though, is when they either win by a ton of runs or lose by a ton of runs. Unfortunately for the Rays, the latter was true on Sunday. They lost to the Indians 13-0 and the only good thing is that it only counts for one loss- even if it might ruin their Pythagorean Record for weeks.
It became evident early on that this was not the Rays’ day. They stranded the bases loaded against Justin Masterson in the bottom of the 1st, and then in the bottom of the 2nd they saw the first signs of David Price beginning to collapse. The Indians got their first two hitters on to begin the inning, but Price got a fielder’s choice at second and then a big one on a rundown between third and home, and suddenly he was 1 out away from escaping unscathed. Instead, Price allowed a 2 out single to Drew Stubbs to put Cleveland up 1-0. That was only the start.
Mark Reynolds slammed a 3-run homer the following inning to make it 4-0 Cleveland. And after Price misled everyone in the stadium into believing he was OK after a 1-2-3 inning in the 4th, things went from bad to horrific in the 5th. With 2 outs and a runner on 2nd, Price allowed a double to Carlos Santana to make it 5-0, and then two batters later, Lonnie Chisenhall drilled a 3-run homer to put the game away. Price was saddled with 8 earned runs on 10 hits in 5 innings, striking out 3 and walking 3 as well. 61 of his 96 pitches were strikes but he was eminently hittable and got destroyed. Just a couple days after Matt Moore looked Price-esque, Price looked about as bad as we’ve seen him since his rookie year, and he’ll have to put this start on the back-burner as he hopes to return to form.
Jamey Wright followed Price with an encouraging outing, striking out 1 in a perfect 6th. The rest of the bullpen was disastrous, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits in the last 3 innings, including 3 home runs. The Rays bullpen continues to struggle and not even Fernando Rodney is excluded. After he allowed just 5 earned runs all of last season, he has already allowed 3 this year after Carlos Santana capped a 5-hit day for Cleveland with a 2-run homer against Rodney in the 9th. The entire Rays bullpen is slumping, and that has to change fast.
The offense? What offense? The Rays managed just 4 measly hits all game as Masterson owned them after the 1st, going 7 innings overall allowing just 2 hits, striking out 8 while walking 3. The Rays actually managed to leave 8 runners on in the game without scoring while the Indians stranded just 6 while scoring 13. Ouch.
After dominating the Indians on Friday and Saturday, the Rays had the worst possible finish to the series on Sunday. Time for some good old-fashioned memory loss as they begin a series with the Rangers on 8:05 PM on Monday, with Jeremy Hellickson taking on Alexi Ogando.