The Tampa Bay Rays lineup has certainly not lacked for offense this year. The lineup figures to get even stronger soon, as Wilson Ramos is expected to return on Sunday.
The Tampa Bay Rays offense has been better than anyone could have expected this season. Buoyed by the surprising performances of Logan Morrison and Corey Dickerson, the Rays rank ninth in the majors with a .771 OPS. Their 113 homers rank second, trailing only the Houston Astros in baseball. That performance has helped Tampa Bay in their rise up the American League postseason standings.
However, for all of that production, the Rays are still struggling from the catcher spot. The combination of Derek Norris and Jesus Sucre has hit 11 homers, tied for eighth in the majors, but that is about the only production they are getting. Even with that power, Rays catchers are 29th in baseball with a .595 OPS. They simply need more.
Fortunately, help is on the way. After spending three of four games behind the plate, Wilson Ramos is getting ever closer to his Rays debut. Provided he does not have any setbacks over the next couple of days, Ramos is expected to be activated in time to play on Sunday.
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While his overall minor league numbers may underwhelm, Ramos has performed well at AAA thus far. In his 23 plate appearances for Durham, Ramos has posted a solid .286/.348/.524 batting line. He has three extra base hits, while drawing two walks and striking out just once. Ramos certainly looks close to ready to make his return.
Chances are, Ramos will not produce at that level once he gets back into the lineup, at least not at the beginning. However, by the time the end of the year comes about, Ramos may well produce something close to his major league average batting line. If so, that would be a significant upgrade over what the Rays have received thus far from the catcher position.
The Tampa Bay Rays powerful offense is set to get some more help, as Wilson Ramos is expected to return to the lineup on Sunday.