In the Rays’ opening series against the Red Sox, they scored nine runs, six of them in one inning. They’ve lost three straight games by one run.
It makes you wonder: What if they hadn’t traded Evan Longoria, Corey Dickerson and Steven Souza Jr.? Maybe that .542 OPS — the fourth-lowest in baseball — would be about 100 points higher.
The former Rays are scuffling, too.
Souza (Diamondbacks) is on the disabled list because of a strained pectoral muscle.
Dickerson (Pirates) is 1-for-10 with an RBI single.
Longoria (Giants) is 0-for-15 with five strikeouts. He also has committed an error. It’s the worst start to a season he has ever had.
Here’s someone the Rays might like to have back: Jake Odorizzi. He pitched six innings of shutout baseball and struck out seven in the Twins’ opening day loss to the Orioles. He’s much better than that “TBA” guy the Rays keep putting on the schedule.
It’s a long season, of course, so it’s too early to draw any conclusions. There are more than 2,000 games to be played. But the performance of former Rays is something to watch. This season, after all, is as much about them as it is about the actual Rays. Fitting for a season in which they’re celebrating their 20th anniversary.
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