Cash on Rays: 'We're not good enough right now'
The frustration of four straight one-run losses and six since the All-Star break led a frank assessment of the Rays team by manager Kevin Cash before today's game:
"My view is a team that's not good enough. We're not good enough right now.
"We've got to figure out a way to win those ballgames, The one-run losses, the amount that has taken place here since the break, we just keep continuing to come up short.
"Something, we've got to change. We've got to get the big hit, make the big pitch, whatever, the big play. "it seems like when those big moments of the game are coming we're not getting it done.''
Cash said he was not singling out any one player or segment (starters, relievers, position players, etc.) of the team:
"I think it's a team thing. It's not finger pointing at one specific individual. It's totally on the team, on myself, on the staff. We're just not good enough right now and we've got to make adjustments to overcome that.''
Asked if it was a matter of the players having the talent but needing to do dig deeper and do better, Cash said that may not necessarily be the case:
"I guess you can say that. But when you do you find out whether they do or don't have the talent? I don't have a good answer for you. ... I don't have a good answer.''
The Rays are 7-17 in one-run games and are 38-61 overall, their most losses at this point of a season since 2007, the last year before their transformation to the Rays.