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I wonder if anyone would trade for Evan Longoria? Long ago he had one of the most team-friendly deals in baseball, but now he's signed through 2022 (his age 36 season) and makes over $18 million in each of the last two years in a back-loaded deal. With him having a great year, maybe something with the Rays eating some of the money works? It's at least mildly intriguing.
They went into the break with losses in 22 of their last 25 games. Yikes.
Unlikely All-Stars are always fun, making Alex Colome a very fun selection.
Monday's 13-7 victory over the Red Sox had to have felt nice. It was the Rays' only win since June 15.
Roller coaster alert! The Rays were 10-10 through April 26 and the coaster began. They lost four of their next five, then won four in a row, then lost five of six, then won four straight, then lost 11 of 13, then won nine of 11 and now have lost six in a row.
Sure, the Rays are technically in last place (by percentage points behind the Yankees), but they are only 6 1/2 games out of first and easily within playoff position striking distance. There's great parity in the AL East, which still kind of sounds weird, no?
Evan Longoria hasn't had a full-season slugging percentage of over .500 since 2010 (.507). He's at .540 right now, having hit five home runs in June already.
Chris Archer was 3-9 with a 4.38 ERA in his last 18 starts last season. Through 11 starts this year, he's 3-6 with a 4.62 ERA and 1.51 WHIP. That's close to a full season's worth of starts with him not even being league average. He'll be 28 this September. Is it possible we just fell too much in love with a hot few months and he's actually not an ace?
Wrap your head around this one: The Rays are tied for first in the AL in home runs and 11th in runs scored. The culprit? They rank 11th in on-base percentage. It makes sense that 41 of their 65 homers have been of the solo variety.
Their most consistent hitter (Logan Forsythe) gets placed on the DL Saturday morning and they've scored six, six, 13 and 12 runs, respectively, in games since then. There goes good ol' baseball, being fun again.
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2016 Team Leaders
AVGEvan Longoria , 3B.273
HREvan Longoria , 3B36
RBIEvan Longoria , 3B98
OBPLogan Forsythe , 2B.333
SLGEvan Longoria , 3B.521
REvan Longoria , 3B81
SBKevin Kiermaier , CF21
WJake Odorizzi , SP10
ERAJake Odorizzi , SP3.69
WHIPJake Odorizzi , SP1.19
KChris Archer , SP233
SVAlex Colome , RP37

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