RISP Update

The Rays have split the series so far in New York but could have easily won both games if not for wasted opportunities. They have loaded the bases with less than two outs three different times in this series so far and have plated just three runs and that does not count a few innings where the first two runners got on and nobody scored. If you remember nothing else from the last few weeks of writing, the averages of .297 and .210 should look familiar to you as they represent the Rays’ team batting average with runners in scoring position from the best and worst times of the season. .297 was what the club did in the first 44 games and .210 represents what they did in the next 31 games when the club went 12-19. Things have improved since that dry spell as the club has hit .270 with runners in scoring position over the past fourteen games but there is a lot more room to grow. After hitting .297 with runners in scoring position in their first 44 games, the Rays have hit just .234 with runners in scoring position in their last 45 games. That needs to come up another 15 to 20 points for the Rays to leapfrog the Yankees or at worst, maintain their spot as the top wildcard contender in the American League.

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