How the Tampa Bay Rays can end this losing streak and get back to winning ways

The Tampa Bay Rays are on a big losing streak here in the later part of May. What will it take for the team to break out of it and get back in the win column.
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The Rays are not playing good baseball heading into the end of May as summer quickly approaches. Currently, the team is suffering through a six-game losing streak and is falling back down the standings, sitting in fourth place in the AL East, just one game ahead of the last place Toronto Blue Jays.

So, the question that needs to be said: what exactly needs to change here?

The Tampa Bay offense is a place to start, as the team has not scored more than five runs in a single game during this losing skid. This creates problems, as the Rays cannot depend entirely upon their pitching while suffering from a beat-up rotation. A recent injury to Zach Eflin, who is now on the 15-day IL as of May 20, further complicates things. The pitching is understandably going to take a step back for Tampa Bay during such a stretch, meaning the offense is going to have to step up.

Where has Rays' offense been during recent losing streak?

The source of these offensive struggles have been a mixed bag. Some games, Tampa Bay struggled to even get hits, as half of the games during this losing streak have seen the Rays produce fewer than five base hits. Other times, like the Rays' 8-5 loss to the Boston Red Sox on May 22, the batters just cannot plate runners in scoring position. The Rays, in that particular game, went 2-11 with runners in scoring position. As of right now, Tampa Bay is ranked 22nd in the league in batting with scoring opportunities present.

So in short, it really is going to come down to producing some offense for the Rays to get back to winning and being competitive before the summer hits. They'll have their work cut out for them, as Josh Lowe, who recently got back from injury, is back on the 10-day IL again. He was one of the people Tampa Bay was looking for offensive support out of.

Manager Kevin Cash and the Rays' front office will really have to dig deep within the team and the organization's system to find answers. It may have to come sooner rather than later.