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2140637 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2013-09-08 02:08:18.0 UTC 2013-09-07T22:08:18.000-04:00 rays-making-uncharacteristic-mistakes published 2013-09-08 04:33:19.0 UTC 2013-09-08T00:33:19.000-04:00 sports/baseball/rays DTI 111388408 SEATTLE — The Rays aren't used to this. Not just that they have a losing record for August and September, but how it's happening, with a lengthy rap sheet of costly mistakes and uncharacteristic misplays. "This," manager Joe Maddon said Saturday afternoon, "has been our worst baseball all year." Maddon already felt the players have been tight and trying too hard, and Saturday he suggested that the carryover is showing up on the field. "Just a little unsure of ourselves," he said. "We're making mistakes we normally don't make. I don't want to say routine-routine, but they're pretty basic things that we normally do well late in the ballgame and we've just got to get back to not making those mistakes." The eighth inning of Friday's staggering 6-4 loss to the Mariners was a frustrating microcosm of how it has been going. In the top half, Sean Rodriguez made the first out by inexplicably getting picked off second, and Evan Longoria made the last out by being too aggressive with the bases loaded, swinging at the first two pitches and grounding out. All told, the Rays got three walks, a single and a pinch-hit RBI double from Luke Scott in the inning yet scored only one run, tying the score at 4. And that was just a warmup for the bottom of the inning. First centerfielder Desmond Jennings dropped a fly ball (his third error in less than two weeks) to put the go-ahead run on second with one out. Reliever Joel Peralta made it worse by walking Kendrys Morales. And rookie rightfielder Wil Myers completed the festivities by mistiming his dive for Justin Smoak's line drive, the ball bouncing off the heel of his glove to allowed two runs to score. "We have to be able to make those plays," Maddon said. "To go to the promised land, you've got to be able to do those things." Maddon noted but had no answers for why they have played poorly on both West Coast road trips (including Arizona), winning only two of the first 13 games. "For whatever reason, we have not adapted well," he said. Some of the mistakes have been odd, some weird, some hard to explain. The Rays are going to have to do a lot of things better over the remaining three weeks, specifically in late-game situations. "Already this year we've talked about that we've lost a lot of games late that we have not normally lost in the past," Maddon said. "I keep saying at some point we've got to stop doing that, and we really do. It's there for us to take. There's a lot of time for us to start playing our best baseball of the year, which I'm anticipating that we will do. We've played badly and we've played really well this year. "We're normally a good August-September team, but we're not showing up yet." Marc Topkin can be reached at topkin@tampabay.com. Follow him on Twitter at @TBTimes_Rays. By Marc Topkin, Times Staff Writer Sports, Baseball, Rays, latest sports Rays making uncharacteristic mistakes AROSENTHALN 4STC Sports 2 Star Rays botching baseball's basics 4 sp_raysplug090813-2STC Rays botching baseball's basics 2013-09-08 04:00:00.0 UTC 2013-09-08T00:00:00.000-04:00 2 Rays centerfielder Desmond Jennings bobbles and drops Kyle Seager&#8217;s fly in the eighth inning Friday, which helps to set up the Mariners&#8217; winning two-run rally. It&#8217;s the normally sure-handed Jennings&#8217; third error in two weeks. /resources/images/dti/2013/09/c4s_error090813_11468611.jpg Associated Press /resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/09/c4s_error090813_11468611_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/09/c4s_error090813_11468611_8col.jpg 1 Rays centerfielder Desmond Jennings bobbles and drops Kyle Seager's fly in the eighth inning Friday. /resources/images/dti/2013/09/AP_WATW120_APTOPIX_RAYS_MAR_11469584.jpg Getty Images /resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/09/AP_WATW120_APTOPIX_RAYS_MAR_11469584_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2013/09/AP_WATW120_APTOPIX_RAYS_MAR_11469584_8col.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2013/09/07/111388408-rays-making-uncharacteristic-mistakes StaffArticle 2013-09-08 02:08:19.0 UTC 2013-09-07T22:08:19.000-04:00 sports,baseballBaseballsports,baseball,raysTampa Bay RaysSEATTLE — The Rays aren't used to this.Sports, Baseball, Rays, latest sportsSports, Baseball, Rays, latest sportsMarc Topkin 380332 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:36:06.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:36:06.000-04:00 marc-topkin published 2013-02-18 17:30:43.0 UTC 2013-02-18T12:30:43.000-05:00 Marc Topkin <p>Marc Topkin has covered baseball for the <i>Times</i> since 1987 &mdash; from the lengthy effort to secure a team, to the awarding of the Tampa Bay franchise in 1995, and through each of the Rays seasons starting in 1998. He has traveled throughout the United States with the team, as well as to Canada, Venezuela, Mexico and Japan, and has covered All-Star Games and the World Series, as well as Super Bowls and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 33745506 Marc Topkin has covered baseball for the Times since 1987 — from the lengthy effort to secure a team, to the awarding of the Tampa Bay franchise in 1995, and through each of the Rays seasons starting in 1998. He has traveled throughout the United States with the team, as well as to Canada, Venezuela, Mexico and Japan, and has covered All-Star Games and the World Series, as well as Super Bowls and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. <p>Phone: (727) 893-8801</p> <p>Email: <a href="mailto:topkin@tampabay.com">topkin@tampabay.com</a></p> <p>Blog: <a href="http://blogs.tampabay.com/rays/">The Heater</a></p> <p>Twitter: @TBTimes_Rays</p> <div style="position: absolute; left: -40px; top: -25px; width: 1px; height: 1px; overflow: hidden;" data-mce-bogus="1" class="mcePaste" id="_mcePaste"></div> 1 /resources/images/bio-photo/2012/topkin.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745506-marc-topkin AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:36:06.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:36:06.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">MARC TOPKIN</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2279615 2016-05-31 03:34:10.0 UTC 3 Months Ago rays-mistakes-costly-in-loss-to-royals sports/baseball/rays Rays' mistakes costly in loss to Royals StaffArticle 2284823 2016-07-10 02:16:23.0 UTC 1 Month Ago cant-get-away-with-anything sports/baseball/rays Rays can't get away with any mistakes in loss to Red Sox StaffArticle 2286575 2016-07-23 02:39:35.0 UTC 1 Month Ago analysis-making-a-case-for-rays-to-hang-onto-longoria sports/baseball/rays Analysis: Making a case for Rays to hang onto Longoria StaffArticle <p>SEATTLE — The Rays aren't used to this.</p> <p>Not just that they have a losing record for August and September, but how it's happening, with a lengthy rap sheet of costly mistakes and uncharacteristic misplays.</p> <p>&quot;This,&quot; manager Joe Maddon said Saturday afternoon, &quot;has been our worst baseball all year.&quot;</p> <p>Maddon already felt the players have been tight and trying too hard, and Saturday he suggested that the carryover is showing up on the field.</p> <p>&quot;Just a little unsure of ourselves,&quot; he said.</p> <p>&quot;We're making mistakes we normally don't make. I don't want to say routine-routine, but they're pretty basic things that we normally do well late in the ballgame and we've just got to get back to not making those mistakes.&quot;</p> <p>The eighth inning of Friday's staggering 6-4 loss to the Mariners was a frustrating microcosm of how it has been going.</p> <p>In the top half, Sean Rodriguez made the first out by inexplicably getting picked off second, and Evan Longoria made the last out by being too aggressive with the bases loaded, swinging at the first two pitches and grounding out. All told, the Rays got three walks, a single and a pinch-hit RBI double from Luke Scott in the inning yet scored only one run, tying the score at 4.</p> <p>And that was just a warmup for the bottom of the inning. First centerfielder Desmond Jennings dropped a fly ball (his third error in less than two weeks) to put the go-ahead run on second with one out. Reliever Joel Peralta made it worse by walking Kendrys Morales. And rookie rightfielder Wil Myers completed the festivities by mistiming his dive for Justin Smoak's line drive, the ball bouncing off the heel of his glove to allowed two runs to score.</p> <p>&quot;We have to be able to make those plays,&quot; Maddon said. &quot;To go to the promised land, you've got to be able to do those things.&quot;</p> <p>Maddon noted but had no answers for why they have played poorly on both West Coast road trips (including Arizona), winning only two of the first 13 games. &quot;For whatever reason, we have not adapted well,&quot; he said.</p> <p>Some of the mistakes have been odd, some weird, some hard to explain.</p> <p>The Rays are going to have to do a lot of things better over the remaining three weeks, specifically in late-game situations.</p> <p>&quot;Already this year we've talked about that we've lost a lot of games late that we have not normally lost in the past,&quot; Maddon said. &quot;I keep saying at some point we've got to stop doing that, and we really do. It's there for us to take. There's a lot of time for us to start playing our best baseball of the year, which I'm anticipating that we will do. We've played badly and we've played really well this year.</p> <p>&quot;We're normally a good August-September team, but we're not showing up yet.&quot;</p> <p><i>Marc Topkin can be reached at topkin@tampabay.com. Follow him on Twitter at @TBTimes_Rays.</i></p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:13:41