The Tampa Bay Rays, with 14 wins and 4 losses, have the best record in the league. The team is putting on a show on the mound and at the plate. They have the third highest team batting average at .269 only trailing the Houston Astros by .002 and the Los Angeles Dodgers by .008.
Brandon Lowe went two for four at the plate yesterday against the Orioles with a home run and a double.
“He can hit,” says the Rays manager, Kevin Cash, ahead of the final game of the series on Thursday, “and he can generate the power pretty uniquely for a guy his size but he seems to have a lot of good at bats, picked us up in big ways, obviously, with the home runs but he has picked up a couple of hits and some doubles the other way which has been nice on some challenging pitches.”
Mike Zunino went three for four at the plate yesterday with two doubles.
“Z has had a track record of hitting the ball really hard,” Cash tells us, “and I know he got off to a slow start but it looks like he has simplified some stuff. I know that him and Chad have worked really hard working on fine-tuning and getting his timing at the plate. Yesterday, he missed two fastballs that I think he wanted to hit and be able to handle, didn’t get off on it and then he smokes the ball into the gap for the second double of the night but it is nice to have his bat going because, you know, he can change the game with one swing.”
The Rays hope to sweep the series against the Baltimore Orioles with another win tonight.