Let's start with 35-20, best record in MLB going into June 1st.
Rays have now won 16 of their last 17 games.
-Sent Blake Snell and Charlie Morton on their merry way in the off season and so far haven't missed a beat. The team has 1-2 bonafide starting pitchers and then piece mails it around that including starts from relief pitchers and then going say 4-5 innings from somebody like Ryan Yarborough or Josh Fleming.
-The scary part of the Rays pitching staff and in particular their bullpen is there really is not a CLOSER in the traditional sense or maybe they have 2-3 that would take on that role on any other MLB team but it seems to be one of the two. Nick Anderson is still on the 60-Day, Beeks is Cheeks 60-Day, Chaz Roe is 60-Day, Colin Poche 60-Day, Sir Drake 60-Day, Cody Reed 60-Day and so I'm saying the Rays could actually get a lot better in their bullpen and since they acquired some new arms for Willy Adames, how are they going to keep all these guys on the active roster and they can't.
Imagine Fairbanks, Diego Castillo, J.P.Feyereisen(just got him), Kittredge and then any number of those guys I mentioned coming off the IL and that would push guys like Springs who is seeing a lot of work right now, there simply will not be room for everyone and I see the Rays as an active trading team all the way to the final bell this season. They have a lot of cards they can play.
-I've supported Kevin Kiermaier for a long time and looked the other way on his batting average because he brings so much to the field and taking away runs but Brett Phillips, a local kid who looks goofy at the plate but can cover the field almost as good as KK, might be time to offload that $10M he makes, highest paid guy on the team and worth it but perhaps the Rays can find that elusive 1 Bat they always seem to be missing.
This win streak has slowly wiped the bad taste out of my mouth from the World Series, Game 6 but it still lingers and its hard to get excited about players you know will be gone in a year or less. But maybe they are getting ready for a 2-3 year run or stretch with some of the same core nucleus.
-Back to the offense, Rays Catchers are like en fuego right now, Mike Zunino leads all Catchers with 12 Home Runs. Ji-Man Choi-1B was a nice pop in the arm for the team when he came of the IL earlier this month. I think the team lacks the big playmaker or hitter at one of the corners be it 3B or 1B...Choi and Joey Wendle are nice stories and a big part of the Rays current success but how long can they mask around like frontline starters? Rays have a solid Outfield and guys coming up, their 2B-SS positions are already full and they still have prospects that need to come up and play like Wander Franco of course.
-Did I mention this new kid Taylor Walls? I loved Adames and his enthusiasm and what he brought to the dugout/clubhouse, think the Brewers will be delighted with him BUT he wasn't exactly doing well at the plate of late and if memory serves me right he was the last at bat in the World Series and he swung at air pretty much.
-Rays Starting Pitchers right now are kind of a joke. Glasnow is for real but the Rich Hill experiment is hilarious. $2.5M they gave him for this season and 4 games in he had an ERA of 8.82 and the 7 starts he has logged since then, wanna take a guess? 5 Earned Runs over 41 Innings which gives him an unsustainable ERA as we go along thru June and July. Archer is supposed to be coming off the IL in the coming weeks, they also have Honeywell and McKay in the Minors, they have both already pitched in the Majors so they will get a call sooner or later. Shane McClanahan hasn't gotten a lot of the press clippings but the Rays went 5-0 in May when he took the hill. Shane has not been asked to go past the 5th Inning yet.
My son and I watch, he gets into them in March, takes me a while to usually warm up to Baseball. Yeah, the current winning streak helps and I think I am going to lose the bet I made with my son on wins and losses, I saw the Rays struggling to win 85-90 games and make the Playoffs, they can't keep this up but it's possible they could continue rolling in June. It's a long season and sometimes teams peak early. The Rays however have a lot of guys that have to squeeze on to this roster, not sure where they are going to put everyone.