So it is done. That 162nd game ever near. Hopes of another playoff run dashed with a fade down the finish. Heads held low. Body language telling the few fans left in the stadium all they needed to know.
The Tampa Bay Rays gave their playoff run a valiant effort but in the end, they just didn’t have enough.
Enough what, you ask? Well, hitting is the obvious answer. Sound defense is another.
The Tampa Bay Rays’ 2012 campaign is not like Shakespeare where you have to search long and hard for the inner meaning. It’s no episode of CSI that takes the entire cast sixty minutes to decipher it was Professor Plum with the candlestick in the conservatory. The answers are glaring. The Rays rank 27th in the majors with a team batting average of .238. Their total hits, 1181, rank dead last. Their team fielding percentage, .981, ranks 29th. Ben Zobrist leads the team with 68 RBIs. That ranks 65th among major league hitters. When you can’t hit and you can’t field, you can’t win, even if your pitching is among the league best, which it has been for most of the season. To make matters worse, the Rays rank last in the league in attendance, the only team in Major League Baseball to not draw over 20,000 fans a game. Read more…