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Rays 2019: Staff predictions for Tampa Bay’s season

Predicting how the Rays will fare this season, and where they could wind up long-term.

Here’s a look at our staff picks for the Rays’ finish, team MVP and All-Star(s) — along with a few other off-beat predictions for this season and the future:

Question Marc Topkin, @TBTimes_Rays Eduardo A. Encina, @EddieInTheYard John Romano, @romano_tbtimes Martin Fennelly, @mjfennelly Thomas Bassinger, @tometrics
Rays record (AL East finish) 87-75 (second) 89-73 (second) 87-75 (third) 85-77 (third) 86-76 (third)
Most Rays homers (last name total) B. Lowe (26) Pham (22) Garcia (26) Pham (26) Pham (23)
Most Rays saves (last name total) Alvarado (13) Alvarado (30) Alvarado (31) Alvarado (37) Alvarado (34)
Number of Rays with saves 6 5 5 4 5
Most Rays opens (last name total) Stanek (20) Stanek (23) Stanek (22) Stanek (28) Stanek (19)
Rays All-Stars Snell, Pham Pham Snell Snell Pham
Rays team MVP Pham Pham Diaz Pham Pham
Biggest Rays headline (8 words or less) Snell signs mega-bucks long term deal -- with Fortnite Rays use one pitcher an inning in wild-card win over Red Sox Lowe tops Guererro for Rookie of the Year Stanek wins more than Snell Rays clinch wild-card berth
Number of sellouts in 25,025 capacity Trop 5 4 8 3 6
Site for next Rays stadium Albert Whitted airport (seriously, why not?) Kriseman Field at Derby Lane Tropicana Field parking lot Las Vegas Ybor City
Better phrase than bulk guy Middler Connector Delayed starter Fast-acting relief Long man
Number of Brent Honeywell starts in the majors 9 6 0 2 8
Date of Nate Lowe debut April 8, 2020 Sept 1 July 21 July 31 May 21
More homers, Yandy Diaz or Jake Bauers Bauers Diaz Bauers Diaz Diaz
Most likely trade deadline pickup Raisel Iglesias Sam Dyson Will Smith Aaron Judge (then we wake up) International slot money
Blake Snell 2022 team Dodgers Dodgers Mariners Dodgers Dodgers
More 2019 wins, Tyler Glasnow or Chris Archer Glasnow Archer Archer Archer Archer
Matt Duffy IL days 30 25 22 42 40
Kevin Kiermaieir IL days 0 0 31 56 30
Highest level played in 2019 for Wander Franco Advanced A Stone Crabs Double-A Double A Class AAA Double A

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