How does a team go from 32-12 to 42-27 today and see a 6.5 game lead evaporate as the clu goes 10-15 in their last 25 games? Is it the hitting’s fault?
Not really. Sure, their slugging percentage has dropped a bit but their overall skills have remained rather constant.
Is it the pitching’s fault? You betcha!
Most of us knew the Rays’ staff was quite fortunate over the hot streak and they were not that good, but they are certainly not this bad. In this stretch of 25 games, only David Price has been able to escape an absolute disastrous start. Niemann, Garza, Davis, and Shields have all had one or more statistical meltdowns on the mound with staff ace James Shields leading the way with three of them.
The hitting has had its problem with consistency, but overall they’ve been there. However, the pitching has not been and that is where the club has to improve in order to right the ship heading into the all-star break. Maybe it seems petty to complain about being fifteen games above .500 but it is clear that this team is better than how they have played over the last 25 games. It is never a good thing when your pitching staff is giving up just as many runs as your offense is producing.