The Tampa Bay Rays came into the 2018 season with high hopes. A 1-5 start to the year has largely dashed those hopes, for now. As the Tampa Bay Times reports, the Rays dropped yet another game to the New York Yankees despite a valiant effort by starting pitcher Blake Snell who managed to go just four innings before he had to be lifted.
Snell was the latest to fall victim to the newest version of the Murderer’s row offense the Yankees have managed to put together. The starting pitcher’s 3.1 innings included four hits allowed, three walks, five earned runs, and two home runs surrendered. That outing got the Rays well on their way to their 7-1 loss. Once Snell departed, Matt Andriese came into the game and poured lighter fluid on the fire, allowing three hits, two earned runs, and another homer in 2.2 innings.
The Yankees that homered were the usual Yankees that you might expect to homer. There was Giancarlo Stanton already getting his third of the year. There was Aaron Judge getting his first of the year and Gary Sanchez also nabbing his first homer of the new season. Those two bats joining the hit parade likely have teams like Tampa more than a little nervous. The Rays are supposed to have a fairly decent offense, even if they don’t have long time third baseman Evan Longoria on the roster anymore.
That offense didn’t do much against Yanks starting pitcher Luis Severino, who is already 2-0 this season and has posted a 1.38 earned run average in his first two starts.
On Thursday afternoon, the Rays will change opponents from the New York Yankees to the Boston Redsox. It doesn’t appear on its face that is an improvement in their chances to win a game. Tampa will be squaring off against David Price, who managed to throw seven shutout innings in his first start of the 2018 season. One has to wonder if things are going to get better, or whether they’re going to get a lot worse as we head further into April. What is clear is that the Rays had been hoping to get out of the gate looking quite a bit better than they currently appear.