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AL East insider on Rays: ‘I don’t think they have a weakness’

What’s not to like about the division’s top team? Well, nothing.
Rays left fielder Tommy Pham (29) celebrates with teammate Willy Adames, right, after scoring on a sacrifice fly during a game against the Royals in April at Tropicana Field. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Rays left fielder Tommy Pham (29) celebrates with teammate Willy Adames, right, after scoring on a sacrifice fly during a game against the Royals in April at Tropicana Field. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Published May 9, 2019
Updated May 9, 2019

MLB.com’s Joe Trezza recently spoke with players, executives and others in the AL East to get their thoughts on the first six weeks of the season.

He wanted to know what division insiders like and don’t like in compiling scouting reports on each team.

Apparently, when it comes to the Rays, there’s nothing not to like.

The hitters are disciplined and make good contact. The pitchers have great command, both inside and outside of the strike zone.

“Tampa Bay is bothersome, says one executive. "Their hitters don’t chase out of the zone, and when you come into the zone, they swing and they swing hard and they make contact. Their pitchers are the opposite. They don’t walk you, yet their stuff is such that you chase out of the zone. It is really hard to beat a team like this.”

As for what insiders don’t like about the Rays, well, we’re still waiting to hear.

“I don’t think they have a weakness,” one AL East infielder says. “They’re the best team in the division right now, and the record shows that. They’re really tough. They can be overly aggressive on the bases, and some of their hitters are unproven. But their pitching is so good. (Tyler) Glasnow is really, really good. He is legit. All their relievers seem to throw 100 (mph) with crazy movement. Good luck.”

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