Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays takeaways: No reaction, no offense, no … anything else

Manager Kevin Cash was asked if any of his starting pitchers reacted to his comments that they need to pitch better if the team is going to reverse its poor start. "No," Cash said. "I hope they start expressing it on the mound."

Outside of LF Mallex Smith, who went 2-for-5 with an RBI triple to raise his average to .350, the Rays bats remain pretty quiet. They out-hit the Phillies 11-8 Sunday. However, RF Carlos Gomez went 0-for-5 Sunday with two strikeouts and left four men on base, dropping his average to .163.

"I think there's fair concern for everybody right now with the exception of Mallex," Cash said. "I know Denard (Span) had a better day today. But there's no doubt, we have concern 1-through-9. The one thing I will say about Carlos is he has the track record to be able to come out of it. He's proven it. I guess you'd be a little more concern if he were a younger player but he's got a track record. He's going to hit and when he does we'll start benefiting from it."

The Rays, a team supposedly built on pitching and defense, have allowed 81 runs in 15 games (5.4 per game). Five times, opponents have scored eight or more, and Tampa Bay lost all five. Clearly, the Rays aren't going to swing their way out of this 3-12 start.

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