The Tampa Bay Rays are running on a relatively cheap payroll, but that hasn’t stopped them from putting together a competitive team. If they retain their current form, they are going to rebuild MLB postseason. But how far they go in the playoffs will depend on a few key factors, three of which we’re going to discuss below.
3. Drew Rasmussen and Shane McClanahan
The rays will probably go as far as their pitching will take them. This has actually been the narrative for the Rays for many years now, of course, including this season. So far in 2022, Tampa Bay’s starters have a collective 3.41 ERA. It is the third best among the majors. Only the high-powered Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros initially have lower ERAs than the Rays. Most of the weight on the back of the Rays’ pitching staff is carried by the duo of Drew Rasmussen and Shane McClanahan, who will likely lead 1-2 in the playoffs.
Those two starters are good enough that the Rays can steal the first two games of a series, regardless of who they’ll be paired with in the postseason. Rasmussen has been lighting the mound for the most part of the season. At the time of this writing, he holds a 10-6 record with 2.92 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. Although he lost a recent Test against the Houston Astros, in which he allowed four earned runs on six hits in six innings of a 4-0 loss at home, he is still someone Kiran can rely on. can.
Meanwhile, McClanahan’s season has been even better than Rasmussen’s. McClanahan set a 12-5 record to go with a 2.13 ERA and 0.86 WHIP. He has the stuff to silence the big bats, as he has shown this weather In starts against the likes of Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees. He has allowed earned runs in only 12.0 innings in the two matches versus the Blue Jays so far in the regular season. Against the Yankees, he conceded only three runs earned in a total of 18.0 innings. Depth can be an issue for the Rays’ early rotation in the playoffs, but if Rasmussen and McClanahan answer the call in the playoffs, as they have always been in the regular season, the Rays are going to be an annoying bunch. rid off.
2. Bullpen Still Important
Much has been said about the Rez’s bullpen that has blown away a lot this season. At the time of this writing, he holds a 26–23 record in games decided by one run. It’s also suffered a major setback with injuries to Andrew Kittredge and JP Fairison, but the Rays’ reliever has also been more stable of late, with a 2.63 ERA and .231 BABIP since the start of September.
In the season, the Bullpen of the Rays still owns a 3.26 ERA, good for sixth in the majors. The FIP of that group is higher than 3.81, which highlights its shortcomings as it does not perform well in domestic suppression. Tampa Bay’s relievers have an HR/FB rate of 11.2 percent – the 10th highest among the major leagues – but other than that, they can be trusted. If the Rays’ bullpen finds a way to limit the power of opposing hitters, Tampa Bay should see major improvements. For one, Rays’ relievers are also doing a good job of preventing balls from being in play, as evidenced by their .269 BabipWhich breaks into the top five in MLB.
1. Crime will be fine
Ray’s offense is generally seen as an obvious weakness of the team. It is not difficult to agree with this. Tampa Bay has been lacking on its plate this season. It is only 18th in the big leagues with 619 runs and 25th with only 130 home runs. Rays are also batting .242/311/.382. But dig a little deeper and you’ll be driven more by the team’s offense than by the basic stats above. Take for example the fact that the rays have six qualified hitters With OPS+ of at least 110.
Yandy Diaz leads the group with 144 Ops+. Randy Arozerena is second with 128 OPS+, while Harold Ramirez is third with 125 OPS+. Note that that group does not include the talented Vander Franco as he missed several games due to injury. He is the kind of player who can make it to the playoffs. In the American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox, Franco went down to .368/.368/.789 in four games with two home runs and four RBIs. The Rays lost that series, but Franco got a taste of playing in the bright lights of the playoffs. He is the kind of player who can carry the rays with his bat in the later days of the season.