The Tampa Bay Rays may be running on relatively cheap payroll, but that hasn’t stopped them from putting together a competitive team. If they continue in their current form, they will make the MLB postseason again. But how far they will go in the playoffs will depend on a few key factors, three of which we will discuss below.
3. Drew Rasmussen and Shane McClanahan
The Rays will most likely go where your throw will take them. This has actually been Rays’ novel for several years, including this season of course. So far in 2022, Tampa Bay starters have had 3.41 collective IRAs. This is the third best player in the majors. Only the novices in the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros have lower ERAs than Rays. The duo of Drew Rasmussen and Shane McLanahan are carrying a lot of weight on the backs of the Rise, who will likely go through 1-2 in the playoffs.
Those two principles are good enough to allow the Rays to steal the first two games of a series, no matter who they’ll be paired with in the post-season. Rasmussen has been lights out on the hill for most of the season. As of this writing, he holds a 10-6 record with a 2.92 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. While he failed a recent early-game test against the Houston Astros in which he allowed four games to be gained in six rounds of losing 4-0 at home, he’s still someone the Rays can count on.
Meanwhile, McClanahan is having a better season than Rasmussen. McClanahan scored a 12-5 record to align with a 2.13 ERA and 0.86 WHIP. He has the things needed to silence the big bats, as this showed season At the start against the likes of the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees. He’s only allowed a 12.0-round gain across two games versus the Blue Jays so far in the regular season. Against the Yankees, he succumbed to only three runs gained in 18.0 complete rounds. Depth may be an issue for the Rays’ spinning in the playoffs, but if Rasmussen and McClanahan answer the call in the playoffs as they always have in the regular season, the Rays will be a troublesome group to get rid of.
2. Bullpen is still the key
Much has been said about the Rays who have dropped a lot of balls this season. At the time of this writing, they have a record of 26-23 in games decided by one round. He’s also taken big hits with hits for Andrew Kittridge and JP Verizin, but Rays’ shorts have also been more stable recently, with 2.63 ERA and 0.231 BABIP since the start of September.
This season, Bullpen Rays still have a 3.26 ERA, which is good for sixth in the majors. The FIP level for this group was 3.81 higher, highlighting its drawbacks in part because it does not do well in suppressing local management. Tampa Bay reducers have an 11.2 percent HR/FB rating — the 10 highest in the major leagues — but far from that, they can be trusted. If the Bullpen Rays find a way to reduce the power of opposing hitters, Tampa Bay should see major improvements. For example, Rays relievers also do a good job of preventing balls from playing, as evidenced by 269 Babeswhich cracks the top five in the MLB.
1. The crime will be fine
Rice’s attack is generally seen as a glaring weakness in the team. It’s not hard to agree to that. Tampa Bay has been absent from the plate this season. It’s only 18 in the major leagues with 619 runs and 25 with just 130 hits. Rai hits only 0.242/311/382 too. But if they dig a little deeper, you’ll be more inspiring to the team’s attack than the basic stats mentioned above. Take, for example, the fact that x-rays have Six qualified hitters With OPS + 110 at least.
Yande Diaz leads the group with 144 OPS+. Randy Arozarena is second with 128 OPS+, while Harold Ramirez is third with OPS+125. Note that this group does not include talented Wander Franco because he has missed several matches due to injury. He’s someone who can warm up in the playoffs. In the MLS series against the Boston Red Sox, Franco cut .368/.368/.789 to go with two home runs and four RBIs in four games. The Rays lost that streak, but Franco got a taste of playing under the bright lights in the playoffs. He’s someone who can hold the rays with his racket in the post-season.