Tampa Bay Rays 2019 Predictions

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Updated: March 7, 2019
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By: Tampa Bay Rays Expert Writer

 Stephen Schenck (@WBBBStephenS)

 

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One of the lowest attendance numbers of any team in the MLB the Rays were still competitive in the tough AL East. The Rays finished 3rd in the division behind the Redsox and Yankees at 90-72. The Rays got a max haul from the Pirates at the deadline last year for Chris Archer. Two former top prospects in Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows were the headliners heading back to Tampa setting up the Rays for today and the future.

The Rays were extremely busy this offseason signing top 3 international free agent Sandy Gaston, Avisail García, and Charlie Morton. Also, the club traded for Yandy Díaz and Mike Zunino to replace the bat of C.J. Cron now with the Twins.

Morton is going to be the perfect complimentary Starter to last year’s CY Young Award winning pitcher Blake Snell. The sky is the limit for Austin Meadows this upcoming season a former 1st rounder in the 2013 draft look for him to produce in the upper half of the lineup daily.

Kevin Cash’s Starter situation after Snell and Morton is interesting to say the least. Starting different pitchers that would normally be in the bullpen for 2 or more innings then turn to the next pitcher. Guaranteeing, that he’s using 4 to 6 pitchers in a game but, it’s worked so far. The pitching staff lives and dies with Blake Snell he led the Rays in almost every pitching stat the most impressive is his 1.89 ERA.

This is a team that hits for average Joey Wendle leading the way bating .300 and Matt Duffy at .294. They’re going to have to find a way to replace Cron and Smith who lead the team in homers and steals respectively. Zunino will be the power source in the middle of the lineup hitting over 20 homeruns his last two years in hitter unfriendly Seattle. The hitter friendly ballparks in the AL East will boost those numbers for him this year.

The biggest problem with the Rays is the attendance being one of the worst in baseball. The Rays will be equally as competitive this year as they were last season. That being said there’s only two wildcard spots available, but they might get it at least finishing third in the race if healthy. The Rays are one move away from being serious contenders we’ll see how the season unfolds.

 

Stephen Schenck

Former batboy and assistant clubhouse manager for the York Revolution for four years

 

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