The Tampa Bay Rays (19-13) dropped 2 of 3 games on the road against the Los Angeles Angels (21-12) this week. Both teams have been off hot starts in 2022, but if you have not been following these teams this year, this series would have made you believe the Angels were World Series contenders while the Rays were bottom feeders in the American League. Fans even got a taste of the leagues two premier two way players pitching and hitting against one another in Shohei Ohtani and Brett Phillips.
The series began with an 11-3 route of the Rays, where the ballclub remained competitive up until the Angels broke the game open in the 6th inning. The Angels then continued their beatdown of Tampa in game two, where they took a 12-0 victory powered by a no-hitter from rookie Reid Detmers. The Rays bounced back to claim the third and final game of the set 4-2, showing resilience and competitiveness with one of the American League's strongest contenders at the moment. The Angels now sit a half game back of first place in the AL West while the Rays currently trail the Yankees in second place by four games.
Every team has bad series, and some times your worst games come against teams playing at their best, which seems to be the case with the Rays and Angels in this series. Over the course of this season, we will dissect each series the Rays play in and look at the "Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" from the Tampa ballclub and what takeaways can be had from this team.