The Tampa Bay Rays are a rather interesting case. At one time they made the postseason at an elite rate, but recently, they’ve been struggling to hold a win percentage of over .500. This season, like all others, started with high hopes. However, these were soon shattered by injuries to Matt Duffy, Brad Boxberger, Xavier Cedeno, and Colby Rasmus. That list doesn’t even include the shorter term injuries to Steven Souza Jr. and Jake Odorizzi. The big bat of Wilson Ramos probably won’t be seen until June as well.
With all of that being said, the Rays are actually not in a bad spot. Currently, they sit 6 games out of first in the AL East with a 19-win and 22-loss record. Considering all of the injuries and how bad the team typically is in the first half, this is a very solid start, and the team could easily break out in the second half.
What has gone right so far? The biggest difference maker so far has been Corey Dickerson. Through the first 38 games, he has a .331 batting average to go along with 22 runs out of the leadoff slot. This has been a big surprise for the team, since he didn’t manage to top the .200 mark in the first half of last season.
Logan Morrison has also been a major surprise. After a terrible start last season, LoMo is scorching to start the year, with 10 homers already! He also leads the team with 26 RBIs. Frankly, the Rays haven’t had a first baseman that could hit for power since Carlos Pena. While Morrison is no Pena, he’s still turning out to be a big threat in the middle of the lineup.