December 4, 2020

The Unique Construction of the Tampa Bay Rays Offense (Baseball Essential)


The Tampa Bay Rays have forced a win-or-go-home Game 5 against the Houston Astros in the American League Division Series, winning Games 3 and 4 at Tropicana Field.

The story throughout this series has been Tampa Bay’s pitching staff holding the Astros offense to 13 runs in four games and understandably so. Meanwhile, while they’re not tearing the cover off the ball, the Rays offense has found a way to win back-to-back games with Zack Greinke and Justin Verlander on the hill. It’s an offense that was put together in a unique way.

Now, there are some exceptions, as Kevin Kiermaier, Willy Adames, and Brandon Lowe have spent their entire careers in Tampa Bay. But other than those three, the Rays are an offense that was put together on the fly.

Last season the Rays acquired outfielder Tommy Pham from the St. Louis Cardinals, and it proved to be a steal. Pham has totaled 21 home runs in each of the last two seasons and has blasted two home runs while hitting .429 and sporting an 1.169 OPS in the current postseason. He has been one of the most underrated outfielders in baseball from all aspects of the game.

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