Randy Arozarena delivered in Rays sweep over the Mets

The Tampa Bay Rays swept the New York Mets over the weekend. Randy Arozarena was huge with getting some big time hits. Could this clutchness help him break out of the struggle he has had in 2024?
New York Mets v Tampa Bay Rays
New York Mets v Tampa Bay Rays / Julio Aguilar/GettyImages

The Tampa Bay Rays got the sweep over the New York Mets in Tropicana Field this weekend after losing five of the previous six games. In fact, the series sweep marks the first one of the season for the Rays and moves their record to 17-18 overall (11-9 at home) during the 2024 season.

A big part in Tampa Bay accomplishing a sweep over the Mets was the offense beginning to come alive, as it had been a questionable part of the team all season, with the lineup batting average ranking towards the bottom of Major League Baseball. The Rays' star player, Randy Arozarena, had a very quiet start to 2024 and was part of the major problem that Tampa Bay had with their lineup. In fact, Arozarena is still batting a very low .143 on the season.

However, the Rays got a big weekend out of their left fielder and he showed that his pop in his bat could be an uplifting spark to an otherwise below average start to the season.

Rays' Randy Arozarena wakes up vs. Mets

In Game 1 of the series, Arozarena drew three walks, which was huge in getting runners on the bases for Tampa Bay. He also added a big solo home run, which was his first in seven games, and was a big help in a 10-8 win.

Despite a quiet middle game of the series, Arozarena made his prescence felt in the final at-bat in the bottom of the ninth during the final game on Sunday. With a full count and the Mets looking to close out a win leading 5-4, he hit a line drive bomb that just got over the left field fence, tying the game. Eventually, Tampa Bay would walk it off in the 10th inning and win 7-6, completing their first series sweep of the season.

The weekend was not perfect for Arozarena; he still struck out five times, and the two home runs were the only two hits. However, with that being said, this kind of electric play is what the Rays' outfielder feeds off of, and it could propel him into better play at the plate. Tampa Bay could use that, as they are still fighting to get back above .500 with a series against the Chicago White Sox in St. Pete looming.