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October 17, 2020

It’s win or go home for the Rays in a winner take all game seven

The Rays have squandered a three-game lead like only one another team in MLB history.

In all of sports history, there have been only four teams that have come back from an 0-3 deficit to win the series. Three were in the NHL playoffs and only one in the MLB playoffs.

The 2004 Boston Red Sox came back from an 0-3 deficit to beat the New York Yankees four games to three to win their playoff series.

How have the Rays let this commanding 3-0 series lead disappear?

Simple. The offense has quit hitting at the most crucial time of the year.

The Rays were not an offensive powerhouse during the 2020 season as they hit .238 which put them in the bottom third of MLB.

Brandon Lowe who was the offensive MVP of this team during the regular season has mysteriously gone into a slump at the worst time.
Lowe has five hits in 48 at-bats this postseason with one home run and two runs batted in.

Let’s take a look at some of the Rays-everyday players and their hitting in the postseason.

Wily Adames is hitting .139, Mike Zunino .200, Austin Meadows .129, Yandy Diaz .125, Hunter Renfroe .200, Yoshi Tsutsugo .154.

There have been two bright spots in the postseason offensively, Randy Arozarena, and Manuel Margot.

Arozarena is hitting .392 with six homers and eight runs batted in. Without his hitting the Rays would not even be in the championship series.

The issue is no one else is hitting and getting on base. As a result, most of his homers have been solo shots.

Manuel Margot has been very good offensively. Margot is hitting .270 with five homers and 11 runs batted in. Continue reading at

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