Apr 12, 2012

SERIES RECAP: Cold offense buries Rays

by Aaron Giddens

Jose Molina confers with Matt Moore on Wednesday
Jose Molina confers with Matt Moore on Wednesday — Courtesy: CBS Tampa
Well that was a telling series. This series proves to us our offensive problems with runners in scoring position is continuing. While I'm not sounding the alarm, it is alarming for a team looking to win a championship and predicted by many to do so.

Carlos Pena continued his offensive tear during this series. In the series he went 3 for 9 with 1 HR. Ok, maybe not a "tear", but wasn't cold either. I'm certainly happy with Pena's performance in the six games the Rays have had so far this season. He definitely more comfortable in that Rays blue.

Our problem this series was leaving runners in scoring position, and it burned us in the end. We left a combined 21 baserunners on base. The team this series went 5 for 23 (.217) with runners in scoring position. On Thursday alone they went 2 for 13 (.153) with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base. That's utterly sad.

What I find interesting is the non-aces in the Tigers pitching rotation beat us, while their ace ultimately lost to us. Granted, it was after 8 innings of domination.

With this series over, Rays head for beantown. Our first trip since the Rays with the help of the Yankees and Orioles eliminated the Sox from playoff contention last September, thus completing the worst collapse in baseball history. How will the Rays be received? Trash on the field? Better yet, how will Dan Shaughnessy be received after he apparently jinxed the Sox that night?

Get Some!

Series' Box Scores


Game 1

Game 2

Expanded Box Score
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Game 3

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Injury Report


PlayerNotes
Luke ScottDay to day with a tight left hammy. Received cortisone shot, recovery may take longer than expected.
B.J. Upton15 day DL; still recovering from the back soreness caused the collision with Desmond Jennings in a spring training game against the Marlins on March 14th. Began rehab assignment, expected back for the home series with the Twins on April 20th.
Kyle Farnsworth15 day DL; Unspecified elbow injury, Maddon says will need 4-6 weeks to recover.
Sam Fuld15 day DL; Recovering from wrist surgery, expected to miss 4-5 months.
Robinson Chirinos15 day DL; Chirinos has not played since suffering a concussion in early March.

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