Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Wednesday’s Rays-Indians game

Rays designated hitter Ji-Man Choi, right, celebrates his two-run homer with second baseman Brandon Lowe in the first inning against the Indians on Sept. 12, 2018. (CHRIS URSO   |   Times)
Rays designated hitter Ji-Man Choi, right, celebrates his two-run homer with second baseman Brandon Lowe in the first inning against the Indians on Sept. 12, 2018. (CHRIS URSO | Times)
Published September 12 2018
Updated September 12 2018

We raised the question a few weeks ago, and it seems more likely now: LHP Blake Snell might be having the best season of any Ray, including LHP David Price's 2012 AL Cy Young show. Snell is 19-6, 2.03 with three more starts, likely one against Texas and two against Toronto.

If or how Ji-Man Choi fits on the 2019 squad is a subject for the offseason, especially if he is only a DH. But he is certainly giving the Rays a lot to think about with his production (.333 average, 1.103 OPS since Aug. 9) and his affable presence in the clubhouse.

As stocked as the Rays seem to be in middle infielders, they keep putting more on the field. A few weeks ago they called up Brandon Lowe, who is showing off his sweet swing. The latest is Andrew Velazquez, who looks smooth anywhere on the field and valuable as a switch-hitter.

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