Tampa Bay Rays' hitting exploding over the past two wins vs Blue Jays

After an opening day loss, the Tampa Bay Rays have opened up their offense in the past two games for two wins, forcing at least a split in the season-opening series against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Toronto Blue Jays v Tampa Bay Rays
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The Tampa Bay Rays are now 2-1 through three games, as the offense has turned a page since the Opening Day loss. In two games, the Rays have outscored the Blue Jays 13-3 with 21 hits in the combined two games, and reached double figures in team hits in both games as well.

One of the big downfalls for Tampa Bay on Opening Day was a lack of hits from the middle of the lineup and a lack of offensive production with runners in scoring position. The team has flipped the script a little, leading to two wins. In the team's two most recent games, the Rays' batters had a combined seven hits with runners in scoring position. This totaled a .304 average in RISP situations at the plate.

Hitters Who Stood Out on Friday and Saturday in Wins Over Toronto

Randy Arozarena

Randy Arozarena was a productive 4-7 with two RBI and one opposite field home run during the Saturday win. He was responsible for a lot of the Tampa Bay offense that was explosive in the two weekend wins the Rays have had.

Brandon Lowe

Despite not playing Saturday, Lowe's grand slam Friday night for the Rays was a tone setter for possibly the remainder of this season-opening series. It was his fourth career grand slam, which capped off of a 2-5 day for him. Lowe had a down 2023 season with a .231 average. If his bat can heat up, it would be a big surprise for Tampa Bay.

Jose Caballero

Caballero has had a pleasant start to his career with the Rays. In the two back-to-back wins, he has gone a combined 3-6 with three RBI. Two of his hits came with runners in scoring position. The newcomer is seemingly fitting nicely into the shortstop position, which was a big concern and filled with uncertainty for the Rays heading into the 2024 season.

Up Next

The Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays will go at it for one final time on Sunday, with first pitch being at 1:40 p.m. E.T. The pitching matchup will be Kevin Gausman for Toronto, who recovered from shoulder issues in spring training. He'll be going up against former Detroit Tiger Tyler Alexander, who makes his first career start for the Rays and had just one start in 2023.