The Tampa Bay Rays are the youngest team in the majors along with the National League’s Arizona Diamondbacks. Established in 1998, the young Rays have made one World Series in a losing effort and the playoffs, four times with two of those coming via division titles. Despite a small but loyal fanbase, the Rays have been in talks of relocation due to not having a new ballpark. Regardless, the Rays will continue to keep growing and since changing their name the franchise has been on an upward trend.
Their underdog tag has been officially dead for many seasons now.
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Tampa Bay Rays Record
2008 marked the most significant season in Rays’ history. This was the franchise’s first year as simply the ‘Rays’. They went on to make the World Series and set a franchise-record 97 wins after finishing a dismal 66-96 and last place in the division the year prior. The Rays haven’t matched that historic season since but last returned to the playoffs in 2013 where they lost in the ALDS to the Red Sox.
Finishing the 2015 season with an 80-82 record, the Rays likewise finished their division with a 47.3 winning percent. Their futility against the Yankees (7-12) was mostly to blame for this. Otherwise, the Rays tend to play their rivals close especially since their strength, their pitching and defense, is a perfect foil for the sharp bats of the Orioles, Blue Jays and Red Sox.
Unlike their AL East counterparts, the Rays have a team built primarily on defense. They have one of the best aces in Chris Archer and have solid pitchers in Matt Moore and Alex Cobb. On defense, Corey Dickerson and Brad Miller are great additions. But the Rays will have to hope Moore and Cobb are the same pitchers before their injuries and they will need to find more offense outside their starters.
The Rays were hampered by injuries to their pitching staff in 2015. Assuming their pitchers are at full strength, they will be a tough out every evening even if they are lacking in offense. In the super competitive AL East, the Rays will need a some lucky breaks and a better division record to make it back to the playoffs. Otherwise, finishing in the middle of the division and out of the postseason seems more realistic.