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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Rays’ surge continues, grab a bit of history in the process

With a 5-0 shutout win over the Yankees tonight, the Rays at long last returned to .500 at 61-61. As the Rays’ Twitter notes, they have become the fourth team in baseball history to reach .500 after falling at least 18 games below .500, joining the 1899 Louisville Colonels, the 2004 Devil Rays, and the 2006 Marlins.

I guess I’m not sure what to make of this not happening for 105 years and then happening three times since.  And all with the no budget Florida teams.  Maybe playing around with prospect service times is a factor?

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: August 16, 2014 at 03:54 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: joe maddon, rays, records

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   1. McCoy Posted: August 16, 2014 at 09:22 AM (#4772313)
It's over
   2. McCoy Posted: August 16, 2014 at 09:26 AM (#4772314)
Hottest team in baseball since June 25th. Unfortunately for them they were the worst team in baseball up until that point. It also hurts that the second best team in baseball since June 25th is the Baltimore Orioles.
   3. Greg K Posted: August 16, 2014 at 10:06 AM (#4772333)
I'm just more surprised the Tampa (Bay) (Devil) Rays were at .500 that late in the season (end of June apparently) in 2004.
   4. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 16, 2014 at 10:34 AM (#4772344)
Hottest team in baseball since June 25th. Unfortunately for them they were the worst team in baseball up until that point. It also hurts that the second best team in baseball since June 25th is the Baltimore Orioles.

Since the Rays bottomed out at 24-42 on June 10th, they've gained exactly half a game on the Orioles. They've gone from 9 1/2 back of them to 9 back of them.

   5. Jim Wisinski Posted: August 16, 2014 at 10:47 AM (#4772347)
I'm just more surprised the Tampa (Bay) (Devil) Rays were at .500 that late in the season (end of June apparently) in 2004.


In the middle of that season they had a 12 game win streak and won 30 of 40 games.

Which is a great example of how a month of baseball often doesn't tell you a damn thing about how good a team is.
   6. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 16, 2014 at 11:02 AM (#4772350)
The 2004 Devil Rays went 20-6 in June, and 50-85 for the rest of the year.
   7. Greg K Posted: August 16, 2014 at 11:11 AM (#4772352)
I was going to say I bet they played the Jays a bunch in June (even when they were terrible the Devil Rays always seemed to beat the Jays)

They did play them 6 times (7 if you include July 1st). But they "only" went 4-2 against them, before losing on Canada Day.
   8. Greg K Posted: August 16, 2014 at 11:13 AM (#4772353)
The division has gone more pretty much the way I expected coming into June. Jays fading, Yankees fading, Rays gaining ground. I did figure the Orioles were in the best position, but in the sense of being the best of a mediocre bunch. They've done much better than that.

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