Rays hold on to second in Sports Illustrated power rankings
The Rays continue to have baseball's second-best record and, thus, continue to hold on to second in the Sports Illustrated's power rankings behind the Yankees. SI baseball writer Joe Lemire writes:
The Rays are the only team in the majors to have used only five starting pitchers this season. While the other 29 teams have deviated from their original rotations due to either injury or ineffectiveness, Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon has entrusted the start of every game to Wade Davis, Matt Garza, Jeff Niemann, David Price and James Shields, who have a collective 3.89 ERA and who average 6 1/3 innings per start, second-best in the AL behind only Seattle. The starters set a goal before the season of exceeding 1,000 innings for the first time in franchise history; they are currently on pace for 1,020.
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