In Detail: Tampa Bay Rays

This is my 10th post in my MLB In Detail post series this April.  The Rays already had a bad team this year.  When you add injuries to 10 important players, things get even worse.  The Rays started the season in injury mania, where over seven Rays players took a trip to the disabled list.  The disabled list currently includes good starters Alex Cobb along with Drew Smyly, designated hitter John Jaso, and infielders James Loney and Nick Franklin.  The Rays ave lost nearly their entire rotation plus important infielders to the 15 day disabled list to start the season.  It leaves them with only a few stars including plenty of outfielders, but we should see some improvement once this monster wave of injuries ends, if it ever does.   Evan Longoria, the best hitter on the Rays, is included in the few stars left though.  It also left lead off hitter Desmond Jennings to help.  Chris Archer and Jake Odorozzi will hopefully lead the rotation, being the only guys left who’s normally in this Rays rotation.  David DeJesus was also left to play DH, along with outfielder Brandon Guyer.  Other than that, the Rays are left with stinky backups.  well, a few good backups, but most stink.  Lastly, I’d like to share my prediciton for the Rays.  Due to the injured players coming back, I have higher hopes for the Rays later in the season.  With that in mind, I predict that the Rays will come in 4th place in the AL East, having an 80-82 record, being ranked 21st overall.  The Rays will not fare well to start the year with many injuries, but will later be able to do well if they start to become healthy later in the season.

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