Regular Season Win Total: Over/Under 91.5
With their win total set at 91.5, it seems oddsmakers are thinking the Rays may take a step back this year. A pretty solid offseason saw them add slugger Hunter Renfroe, the always dangerous José Martinez, and Japan’s cleanup hitter in the 2017 World Baseball Classic Yoshitomo Tsutsugo.
Don’t forget, just the other day USA Today had a panel of six experts prognosticate on win totals for each team in the league. Even prior to the Mookie Betts-David Price trade, they pegged the Rays as a good bet with 92 wins. Granted, they baked some of swirling trade winds into the numbers, but now that it is official you have to think it changes the outlook.
"Tampa Bay Rays: Projected to Win 92 Games by USA Today"
When you consider the additions this team has made on offense combined with 2019’s best team E.R.A., the bar may be set too low. The Rays have had minimal roster turnover and have improved their mid-level offense. They return breakout players like Yandy Diaz, Brandon Lowe, and Austin Meadows.
I’m going to hammer this into the ground, but the Rays have three frontline starting pitchers that could all feasibly vie for the 2020 AL Cy Young. With the Rays coming off of 96-wins and the team clearly taking steps to improve the roster, I like this number. Additionally, you have to consider after the Red Sox trade of Mookie Betts and David Price, this division could be a two-team race in 2020. The Orioles, Blue Jays, and Red Sox could be on the outside looking in this season.