Evan Longoria on Rays' batting slump: 'It's kind of embarassing'
The kind of slump the Rays have been in - scoring just 12 runs in their last 10 games - is hard to believe.
It's also hard to explain, especially for their team leader, 3B Evan Longoria.
"It's kind of embarrassing for lack of a better explanation,'' Longoria said this afternoon. "I wouldn't think it's for lack of effort and I dont think it's for lack of belief. I don't really have an explanation for it.''
If anything, Longoria did say it has been a group effort, and that there is no one person - not manager Kevin Cash, hitting coach Chad Mottola or any player - to blame.
Their .166 team average during that stretch, and 3-for-45 mark with runners in scoring position, accentuate that.
"Talking to a couple of guys last night it just feels like we're one big swing away every night and we're just not getting it,'' Longoria said.
"It feels like collectively over the last week and a half the middle part of the order, we've probably fouled back 100 good pitches.
"And it's also not for lack of having good at-bats or swinging at the right pitches. I feel like guys are grinding through at-bats for the most part and swinging at the right pitches. It's just we're not hitting them.
"There's nobody to blame but ourselves. There's no excuse for it. And something has got to change or it's going to be a long final month, month-and-a-half of the year.''