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HBT Daily: Red Sox and Rays showdown!

Jul 22, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

Lost in the talk of the Rays’ hot streak: they have dropped 9 of 12 to the Sox this year. And their hot streak has come against a lot of bad teams. Does that all change in this week’s biggest series?

  1. jdubfla - Jul 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Started the roll over the last place Astros kept it up over the last Place White Sox then beat the last place Astros again andnow they keep it up with wins over the last place Blue Jays.

    • psuorioles - Jul 22, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      Nothing wrong with that… they can only play who is on the schedule. As an O’s fan it’s frustrating to see them continue to win, but the Rays are doing what they should do against those teams.

      • Glenn - Jul 22, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        It doesn’t mean that you ignore that they have been beating up some bad teams and may not be as “hot” as their recent record implies.

      • hittfamily - Jul 22, 2013 at 5:15 PM

        Or you could say that 56 of their first 84 games were against teams with .500 records or above, while the Red Sox played 46. They eventually play the same schedule, so the Rays were getting the under .500 teams for a while. Prior to the teams you mentioned, they took 2 of 3 from the second place Yankees (at the time) and 2 of 3 from the first place Tigers.

        The worst team in baseball is going to win 40% of their games. The best team will win 60%. Winning 14 of 15, no matter what major league opponents they face, is incredible. They are 17 games over .500, much of it without Price and Cobb, and all of it without Shields and Niemann. They have started 3 rookie pitchers and 1 sophomore. They have won 90 games 4 of the last 5 years, and being a long time Rays fan, I can tell you this is the most complete team top to bottom. They can out score opponents just as easily as they can out pitch them. Their closer is their 4th best reliever, and their #5 has an ERA under 3 through 10 starts.

        This team is scary good.

  2. turdfurgerson68 - Jul 22, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    The Devil Rays are legit, regardless of whichever teams they have recently played.

    Nobody is stupid enough to take them lightly….their starting pitching is tremendous.

  3. hittfamily - Jul 22, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Chris Archer is 5-3 with a 2.76 ERA through 10 starts. 12-5 with a 2.XX ERA come October. MLB’s worst nightmare:
    Home field advantage through playoffs for St. Pete.
    Archer: AL ROY.
    Matty Mo: AL Cy Young.
    Joe Maddon: AL MOY.
    Longo: AL Comeback Player of the Year.
    Longo: AL MVP.
    American League Pennant: TB.
    WS Winner: St Pete!!!

    The sweep for us Raycists.

    • psuorioles - Jul 22, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      All that good stuff happening down there and they only had 12K fans a game to see it happen….

  4. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jul 22, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    The Red Sox beat up on a bunch of sub .500 teams early and no one complained about it, so I don’t really see the issue here. Every good team is going to get a bunch of wins from playing bad teams, that’s what makes then good and the other teams bad. Nothing new to see here.

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