Rays Report – Week 1
Welcome everyone to the first of what is hopefully a weekly post – The Rays Report! We’ll take a look at the week that was for the Rays, what lies ahead and also a quick peek on the goings on around all of MLB-Pro.
The Week that Was
First things first, the week that was! What a week indeed for the Rays! 7-0 and one of just two undefeated squads left. We’ve been arguably the surprise of the season and have opened up a 3.5 game lead over the 2nd place Yanks.
Stars of the Week
Now for the Stars of the Week. 5 players/groups/things that happened, ranked from 5 (very good) to 1 (very bad). They aren’t the 5 best performances, think more of a sampling from each bucket of goodness.
5-Star Ray of the Week: SP Austin Brice – Brice had two stellar outings this week, allowing 1 run over 5.2 vs the Yanks, and then throwing 5.1 shutout innings against the Jays. Ideally, he’d be lasting a bit longer in games, but the results speak for themselves
4-Star Ray of the Week: 1B Julian Silva – Silva is expected to be one of our more important bats this season, and he didn’t disappoint in Week 1. Two multi-hit games, 7 runs scored and 8 RBIs. Half of those RBI’s came in the form of a Walk-Off, 1-out Grand Slam to shock the Jays on Saturday
3-Star Ray of the Week: MR Alexander Colome – Colome had a busy week – he pitched in relief in 4 of the wins, going at least 2 innings in each appearance. He wasn’t amazing, he allowed a run each outing, but his effort (and a nice 3:1 K/BB) bridged the gap from the starter to the end of the bullpen, quite nicely.
2-Star Ray of the Week: 1B/DH Rock Shoulders – Shoulders starred on Opening Day. Two big homers, powering us to a nice 8-3 win over the Yanks. Then, he ghosted the next 5 games (4 starts). 0-for-14, 2 walks and 3 K’s. He piped up with an RBI single on Sunday against Toronto, but he’ll need to be a more consistent performer to keep in the lineup
1-Star Ray of the Week: 2B Julio Torres – Torres struggled in his rookie year last year, but after a monster spring, seemed ready to buoy the middle infield for us. Instead, he started with a whimper. 2-for-18 with a trio of walks and thrown out in his only steal attempt. He played flawless D, and with our thin 2B options he’ll get more time, but he needs to turn it around
Down on the Farm
Pretty rough week for the Rays farmhands – our top 3 levels went a combined 1-11, though Single-A Charlotte started 3-0 below that. Top prospect, CF Ed Harris – hit just .133. Top pitching prospect, Carson Kelly, had a pretty pedestrian outing. Not a ton to report, but also very early.
Around MLB Pro
It’s obviously, still very early – so tough to make too many rash judgements on any team. Even our 7-0 run is really just a glitch of good fortune in the matrix of a 162 game season. Lots of interesting storylines already though
The 3-headed monster in the AL Central combined for 16-2, can KC or Chicago get back into it when they cannibalize each other? Will Kershaw revert to form?
Oakland surprises out West with a 4-3 start and hot on the Angels heels
Will Miami’s offense wake up?
Is anyone in the NL Central going to finish under .500?
Are the starts for the Padres (5-2) and/or Giants (1-6) real or a mirage?
That’ll wrap us up this week, hope you enjoyed the first-ever Rays Report!