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Tampa Bay Rays: 3 thoughts after the first 10 games

By Austin Reimann
PORT CHARLOTTE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 17: Brandon Lowe #8 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during photo day on February 17, 2019 in Port Charlotte, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
PORT CHARLOTTE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 17: Brandon Lowe #8 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during photo day on February 17, 2019 in Port Charlotte, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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The Tampa Bay Rays took one of two games yesterday during a split squad outing. The split brought their spring record to 5-5. Here is what we have learned through ten games.

The Tampa Bay Rays opened exhibition play and quickly fell to 0-4. But, the young club rebounded and by yesterday had brought their rather meaningless spring record back to .500. All three starters have taken the mound, the bullpen battles are aplenty, and hitters are raking.

We are less than a month away from game one against the Astros, but we still have quite a few exhibition games to go before Blake Snell toes the rubber in Tropicana Field for the first time in 2019.

So, let’s break down what we have seen from the Rays through 10 games.

Brandon Lowe and Austin Meadows are seemingly in mid season form. All three starters have made their spring debuts and we could have something special brewing in Port Charlotte. The bullpen battles will likely come down to the last day, but Emilio Pagan and Jacob Faria look good.

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