The Tampa Bay Rays, which reigned as the strongest team in the American Major League (MLB) at the beginning of this season, are falling helplessly.
Tampa Bay lost 3-4 in the home game against the Baltimore Orioles today (21st), and was on the verge of collapse with a season record of 60-40 (0.600 win rate) with a win rate of 60%.
It also came down from the top of the American League (AL) overall winning percentage, which had been running since the beginning of the season. Currently, Tampa Bay is second in the AL, one game behind Baltimore.바카라사이트
The problem is that the downtrend is too steep. Tampa Bay has recorded the fewest wins among the league’s 30 teams, posting only three wins while losing 12 so far this month.
It is all the more unusual because it was Tampa Bay, which started as the strongest team in MLB history with 30 wins and 9 losses, including 13 consecutive wins since the opening, which was the tie record for the most consecutive wins in MLB since 1900.
Ace Shane Mcclanahan returns from injury. Photo = AP Yonhap News
Tampa Bay’s recent slump stemmed from the collapse of its pitching staff. This is because pitchers who were in the starting lineup were injured one after another and left the rotation.
Jeffrey Springs (30) ended the season with Tommy John surgery (elbow ligament surgery) due to an elbow injury last April, and Drew Rasmussen (27) was also diagnosed with a right elbow flexor sprain in May and moved to the IL (injured list) on the 60th.
As Josh Fleming (27) and Garrett Clevinger (29) were also out of the bullpen due to injuries, the pitching squad itself was weakened. It is not too much to say that the pitching staff has been devastated.
In this situation, Tampa Bay has to play three more games in a row with Baltimore, who is on the rise right now. If the worst happens, giving up all three games, you can’t even guarantee an AL wild card ticket.
That’s because the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays are pressing Tampa Bay by a 4.5 game gap. The wild card 4th place Boston Red Sox and 5th place New York Yankees have not given up their hopes for fall baseball, so a change of atmosphere is urgent.
That’s because ace Shane McClanahan, 26, returned from IL on the 15th, and past ace Tyler Glasnow, 29, also recently returned. Considering Zach Eflin (29), who is firmly guarding the rotation, we have a competitive 1st to 3rd starter. If the cycle of batters who went down all at once rises, it may provide an opportunity for a reversal.
Tampa Bay, which was expected to be the best season in franchise history this season, is paying attention to whether it will be able to rise above the current ordeal.