If the Tampa Bay Rays plan to return to October baseball in 2020, a bounce back season from these three pitchers will be a big boost.
For the Tampa Bay Rays to match or surpass the 96 wins they compiled in 2019, they will need a bounce back season from a pair of pitchers that struggled with injuries and inconsistencies in 2019 after dominant 2018 seasons. They will also hope for a resurgence from a highly touted pitching prospect who has struggled to stay healthy the last two seasons.
Despite a number of injuries to pitchers before and throughout the season, the Rays staff finished as one of the best in the league. If all three of these pitchers can return to their best forms, the Rays staff is going to be amongst the best and most lethal in the game.
For a starting rotation that already boasts the likes of Charlie Morton and Tyler Glasnow, the resurgence of former Cy Young award winner Blake Snell would make the Rays rotation elite. The return of Jose Alvarado’s dominant stuff to an already devastating bullpen is something we can hope for as well. Finally, if Brent Honeywell can recover from his injuries the past two seasons and make his major league debut at some point in 2020, it would be another in-house boost to the staff.
If these three pitchers can have a greater impact on the field in 2020 than they did in 2019, the Rays will be in a great position to match the 96 wins that provided them with their first playoff appearance since 2013.