With the 8-2 win last night against the Twins, Tampa Bay has moved to 12-11 which marks the first time they’ve been above .500 for the season. A far cry from that 1-8 start, isn’t it? Pretty balanced play from all four aspects – the rotation, the bullpen, the offense, and the defense – has propelled the Rays in their turnaround, though the superlative effort of the starting rotation shines through the most.
Several times over that stretch of games Rays’ starting pitchers have gone at least 7 strong, eating innings like nobody’s business and not letting the bullpen to join in on the fun much. The prime example of this has been Mr. James Shields, who pitched back-to-back complete games, one of which was a shut-out, giving up 4 hits in each of the games and only allowing one run total in 18 innings of work.
Welcome back, James.