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Despite playing in a cheaply built dome stadium that was outdated before it even opened and having one of the lowest payrolls in Major League Baseball the Tampa Bay Rays have found a way to emulate the Oakland A’s and their “Moneyball” ways to somehow compete with the behemoth New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.

Last year the Rays made the playoffs for the first time since 2013 as they posted a second consecutive season of 90 or more wins. Tampa Bay has finished with a winning record in nine of the past 12 years.

Manager Kevin Cash has been at the helm for the Rays since the 2015 season. He played for the Rays in 2005 during a career that lasted from 2002 through 2010. Cash was previously a coach for the Cleveland Indians.

General manager Erik Neander has been in his role with the Rays since 2016 and was named Executive of the Year for 2019. He has been in the Tampa Bay organization since 2007. Neander has been an integral part of the Rays and their emphasis on analytics to compensate for their lack of revenue and payroll.

Owner Stuart Sternberg is a Wall Street investor that has been managing general partner of the franchise since 2005. Although he has been frustrated with Major League Baseball’s payroll disparity and the inability to build a new stadium in Tampa, he has said the team will remain where it is, at least for the time being. Tampa Bay remains one of the worst teams as far as annual attendance and has broken the 2 million mark for season attendance only once, in their inaugural season of 1998.

Tampa Bay Rays at a Glance

Manager: Kevin Cash

Home Stadium: Tropicana Field

World Series Championships: None

League Pennants: 1 ( Last, 2008 )

Division Titles: 2 ( Last, 2010 )

Current Odds to Win World Series: +2650

Current Odds to Win National League Pennant: +1335

2020 Season Preview

Tampa Bay opened the 2020 season with the 28th ranked payroll out of 30 teams. And while that sends up red flags to many gamblers the fact is that the Rays have consistently cracked the code to become one of the most successful small market teams. Pitching is the strength of the team as the Rays ranked third for staff earned run average last year.

Right hand starting pitcher Charlie Morton heads that modest payroll as one of the top starters in baseball. Last season Morton was 16-6 with a 3.05 earned run average and a WHIP of 1.08. In 194.2 innings pitched Morton posted 240 strikeouts. He arrived at Tampa Bay in 2019 after a two-year stint with the Houston Astros. Morton is a two time All Star.

Left hander Blake Snell was lost for most of last season due to injury after coming off a 21-5 season for Tampa Bay in 2018. Snell was an All Star and American league Cy Young Award winner that year and is expected to return to ace number one starter status for the 2020 season. In 2018 he posted a 1.89 earned run average with a WHIP of 0.97 to go with 221 strikeouts in 180.2 innings of work.

Right hand closer Emilio Pagan posted a 4-2 record with 20 saves and a 2.31 earned run average last year. Pagan struck out 96 batters in 70.0 innings of work. It was his first full year as a closer.

Second baseman Brandon Lowe will be a key component of the Rays attack. To begin with Lowe was an American League All Star last year. Low finished the 2019 campaign with a .270 batting average and .850 OPS with a .514 slugging percentage. Lowe compiled 17 doubles with 17 home runs and 51 runs batted in to go with 42 runs scored.

Right fielder Austin Meadows is another force to be reckoned with. Meadows was also an American League All Star in 2019. Overall, he scored 83 runs with 89 runs batted in as he totaled 29 doubles, 33 home runs and a batting average of .291 to go with a .922 OPS and .558 slugging percentage.

2020 Tampa Bay Rays Schedule

March 26-29: Pittsburgh Pirates

March 30-April 1: New York Yankees

April 3-5: at Texas Rangers

April 6-8: at Boston Red Sox

April 9-12: at Cleveland Indians

April 13-15: Houston Astros

April 17-19: Toronto Blue Jays

April 20-23: at Houston Astros

April 24-26: Kansas City Royals

April 27-29: Cleveland Indians

April 30-May 3: at Oakland Athletics

May 5-7: at Chicago White Sox

May 8-10: Texas Rangers

May 11-14: New York Yankees

May 15-17: Baltimore Orioles

May 19-21: at Bost Red Sox

May 22-25: at Detroit Tigers

May 26-28: Toronto Blue Jays

May 30-31: Milwaukee Brewers

June 1-3: at Minnesota Twins

June 5-7: at New York Yankee

June 9-11: Boston Red Sox

June 12-14: Baltimore Orioles

June 16-18: at Toronto Blue Jays

June 19-21: at Baltimore Orioles

June 23-25: Oakland Athletics

June 26-28: Seattle Mariners

June 29-July 2: Los Angeles Angels

July 3-5: at Chicago Cubs

July 7-8: at Milwaukee Brewers

July 10-12: St. Louis Cardinals

July 17-19: at Baltimore Orioles

July 20-22: at Kansas City Royals

July 24-26: Detroit Tigers

July 28-29: Miami Marlins

July 31-August 2: at Cincinnati Reds

August 3-5: at Toronto Blue Jays

August 7-9: Boston Red Sox

August 10-13: Toronto Blue Jays

August 14-16: Baltimore Orioles

August 17-19: at New York Yankees

August 21-23: at Los Angeles Angels

August 24-26: at Seattle Mariners

August 28-30: Minnesota Twins

August 31-September 3: Chicago White Sox

September 4-6: at Toronto Blue Jays

September 8-9: at Miami Marlins

September 11-13: at Boston Red Sox

September 14-16: New York Yankees

September 17-20: Boston Red Sox

September 21-24: at Baltimore Orioles

September 25-27: at New York Yankees

Statistics By Year (2010)

2019 96-66 48-33 44-32 -59 77-75-10 2nd
2018 90-72 51-30 39-42 +2,350 73-82-7 3rd
2017 80-82 42-39 38-43 -650 78-81-3 3rd
2016 68-94 36-45 32-49 -3,012 78-75-9 5th
2015 80-82 41-40 39-42 -542 73-76-13 4th
2014 77-85 36-45 41-40 -2,654 74-79-9 4th
2013 92-71 51-30 41-41 +77 76-78-9 2nd
2012 90-72 46-35 44-37 +602 64-91-7 3rd
2011 91-71 47-34 44-37 +870 65-88-7 2nd
2010 96-66 49-32 47-34 +294 73-82-7 1st

Year-By-Year History (2010)

2019 96-66 2nd Lost LDS
2018 90-72 3rd -
2017 80-82 3rd -
2016 68-94 5th -
2015 80-82 4th -
2014 77-85 4th Lost ALDS
2013 92-71 2nd Lost ALDS
2012 90-72 3rd -
2011 91-71 2nd Lost ALDS
2010 96-66 1st Lost ALDS
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