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Looks like .500 from here



Six games in. They've won three. Lost three. Yeah, it's only six games in, but the Rays look like, well, a .500 team. They've scored four runs or fewer in five of their six games. They've allowed five runs or more in four games. The bullpen is still a major problem. B.J. Upton and Pat Burrell are off to their typical slow starts. They were nearly no-hit on national television. The starting pitching has been good, but not spectacular.

After two come-from-behind victories in the first two games and battering around the defending champions in the opening game of their three-game series to run their record to 3-1, all seemed right in the Rays' world. So, two losses (to the Yankees, no less) shouldn't be a reason to panic. After all, there are still 156 games left. A week is nothing in Major League Baseball. Still ... don't you feel a little, I don't know, uneasy about the Rays right now?

Speaking of feeling uneasy, Times baseball writer Marc Topkin had an excellent piece in Sunday's paper about what the Rays might do about Pat Burrell eventually. In case you missed it, here it is. And, B.J. Upton? Feel free to start that "breakout season'' any time now.

[Last modified: Monday, June 14, 2010 2:44pm]


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