How bad has the Rays offense been? Read and weep
The Rays PR staff, which is aces, dug up these nuggets concerning the Rays historically bad lack of offense.
Fresh from today’s pregame notes …
ABOUT THE DROUGHT—The Rays have suffered 5 shutouts in their last 8 games, coinciding with the start of the homestand, including each of the last 2 games (5-0 on Friday, 3-0 last night)…this is the first time in club history the Rays have suffered 5 shutouts in any 8-game span…their 8 total runs scored are their fewest ever in any 8-game stretch (prev. 9 runs, in overlapping stretches of July 2-11 and July 4-13, 1998)…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, this drought leaves the Rays in some dubious company:
2012 Los Angeles Dodgers (5 years ago) were the last team to suffer 5 shutouts in any 8-game span in a season…they were actually scoreless in 5 of 6 games, from June 25-30, 2012…RH Nathan Eovaldi was the Dodgers’ luckless starting pitcher for the first and last games of that stretch…they were also the last team to score 8 runs or fewer over any 8-game span in a season, as they scored 8 runs from June 23-30 and went 1-7.
1982 Minnesota Twins (35 years ago) were the last AL team to score 8 runs or fewer over any 8-game span in a season…they scored 8 runs from May 19-26, 1982 and went 0-8.
1978 Oakland A’s (39 years ago) were the last AL team to suffer 5 shutouts in any 8-game span in a season…they were shut out 5 times in 7 games, June 10-16, 1978.
1955 Baltimore Orioles (62 years ago) were the last team to suffer 5 shutouts in one homestand…in fact, they endured 7 shutouts in a 13-game homestand, June 14-26, 1955, in just their second year in Baltimore…that team’s home run leader was 1B Gus Triandos (12); no one else had more than 6 HR.
ABOUT THE DROUGHT II—The Rays are 2-6 on this 9-game homestand (1-2 vs. MIL, 0-2 vs. BOS, 1-2 vs. CLE) despite pitching to a 2.88 ERA (72-IP, 23-ER)…of their 10 SHO this season, 9 have come at home—most in the majors and tied for 2nd most in club history (12 in 2014)…Rays are batting .175 (43-for-246) on the homestand, including .057 (2-for-35) with RISP, with both hits coming in the same game (Thu vs. CLE)…1B Logan Morrison is hitting .300 (9-for-30); everyone else is batting .155 (34-for-219)…6 of their 8 total runs scored on the homestand have come via home run: 3 solo homers and a 3-run blast by Corey Dickerson on Thursday.
The Rays have averaged 3.04 runs per game (85-R, 28-G) since the All-Star break, compared to 4.76 R/G before it.