John Romano’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Angels game

Jalen Beeks has work to do; Mike Zunino may be warming up again; Rays need some better home cooking.
Rays pitcher Jalen Beeks comes to the plate during the third inning against the Angels on Sunday, June 16, 2019. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
Rays pitcher Jalen Beeks comes to the plate during the third inning against the Angels on Sunday, June 16, 2019. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Published June 16

• At first glance, Jalen Beeks’ numbers look impressive — 5-0, 2.73 ERA — but he does not appear close to graduating to a traditional starting role. In his past eight appearances he has averaged only 3⅔ innings, and a WHIP (walks/hits per inning) of 1.267 makes that ERA look unsustainable in the long run.

• There are signs that Mike Zunino is getting his timing back. The catcher missed three weeks with a quad strain, then went 1-for-28 with no extra-base hits once he returned, his batting average dropping as low as .176. In the past three games, however, he is 2-for-8 with a pair of doubles.

• The Rays need to figure out what their problem is at home. Since starting the season 5-2 at the Trop, they have been .500 or below on four of their next five homestands, including 3-4 on this most recent one. They have lost ground in the AL East race in every single homestand since April 14.

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