Sadly, at 5-13 the Tampa Bay rays record is staying pretty true to the expectations put on the team. According to ESPN, Tampa is the 7th youngest team in the league and perhaps their inexperience was showing when they got swept by the Phillies over three games — failing to score higher than 4 runs in any of the ballgames. However the Rays seemed to find their stride a bit in their most recent series against the Texas Rangers taking 2 out of 3 games from the Rangers team who is off to a slower start than their fans may have expected. Blake Snell pitched a gem of a game in the first against the Rangers, going 6 and 1/3 innings while striking out 9 opposing hitters. Snell should have Tampa fans excited for the future at just 25 years old he has been putting together a great start to the season and posting a sub 3.00 ERA.
Up next for the Rays is the Minnesota Twins, who will be coming to Tampa for a three game series. The twins, who are currently in first place in the American League Central Division with a record of 8-5, have had only 13 games due to a whopping 4postponements due to the weather already. Fresh off an impressive series against the Rangers, the Rays fans are certainly hoping the Rays can take the field with energy going into the Twins series — hoping to take advantage of a potentially rusty Minnesota squad.
To spark the offense the Rays management will be counting on Carlos Gomez to turn around what has been a slow start to his first season in the Rays uniform. Batting a .162 average and only homering twice the Rays will certainly be hoping to see some of the power that netted him 17 homeruns last season. Additionally, it would be nice to potentially see Gomez get a tad bit more aggressive on the basepaths as he has had over 10 stolen bases in his last 3 seasons — but has not take a single base yet this year.
At home against a respectable but potentially rusty Twins team allow the Rays to make up a bit of ground in the American League East Division. Currently they are 11 games behind the scorching hot Boston Red Sox but this early in the season there is still plenty of time to turn things around.