Over the course of 162 video games, each workforce is sure to enter a droop in some unspecified time in the future.
Nonetheless, while you as soon as had the most effective file in baseball and nonetheless maintain the highest spot within the American League, you do not count on to be on a downslide this drastic.
However that is what the Tampa Bay Rays are experiencing in the meanwhile, dropping their league-leading seventh consecutive sport in a 6-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.
The workforce that started the season with 13 straight wins is now nosediving in the wrong way, having already ceded the most effective file within the majors to the Braves earlier throughout this slide. The Rays have now misplaced two in a row to that exact same squad.
In doing so, they fell 4.5 video games behind Atlanta for the most effective file within the majors and are at present simply two video games in entrance of the shocking Baltimore Orioles within the AL East. The O’s have been on a streak of their very own, profitable their fourth straight due to a 6-2 win over the Twins on Saturday. They will have an opportunity Sunday to trim the Rays’ result in one heading into the All-Star break.
Scoring runs has been the thorn in Tampa’s aspect throughout this stretch, with the Rays posting simply 17 complete runs in these seven video games and just one run in every of their final three contests. That is a stark distinction to the MLB file they set with homers in 22 consecutive video games to begin the season.
The Rays at present rank third in baseball in runs scored, residence runs and complete bases. So offense has hardly ever been this workforce’s downside, till now.
The Rays can have yet another probability to proper the ship on Sunday, after they host the final of their three-game set with the Braves.