Better Now Than Later for the Tampa Bay Rays’ Offensive Struggles
So far in 2014, the Tampa Bay Rays’ lineup has been almost unbelievably bad. They have managed just a .221/.306/.351 line as a team, with key players like Wil Myers, Yunel Escobar, and David DeJesus doing nothing at all at the plate. But here’s the thing–the Rays are 7-8 with almost an entire season ahead of them. We have seen this happen at much less opportune times before. Last season, the Rays offense collapsed entirely from August 25th to September 19th, managing just a .231/.328/.355 line as they went just 9-16. The Rays went from right there in the AL East race to barely holding on for a wild card as they suffered even longer than they have been suffering now. What we have to do is put this all in perspective and realize how lucky the Rays are that this is happening now. Hopefully tonight it starts to change. Hopefully the Rays offense starts clicking and these struggles are put in the past. But even if it stretches another day or even a week, the Tampa Bay Rays will be fine. They have been through this before and will have to make up for it. It is frustrating, but they are not concerned.