The New What Next: Rays Vs. Royals — A Series Preview of Sorts

The Tampa Bay Rays bid adieu to the Trop Sunday afternoon following their 3-0 loss to the Texas Rangers. All is not lost however, the Rays went 4-3 in their first home stand of the year, leaving the confines of the big top as the only team in the AL East with a +.500 record. I know… It’s still really early, but it feels really good to mention that Tampa Bay is in first place. They’ll begin a long nine game road trip in Kansas City, Monday. The Royals are coming off of a tough 5-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox, one in which James Shields tossed seven innings of one run ball. The ChiSox blew the game open after Juego G was pulled.

The New What Next: Tampa Bay vs Kansas City, A Series Preview of Sorts

The Rays will brush off their shoulders after a disappointing series loss to the AL East leading Boston Red Sox. Let’s be clear about something before we move forward: Boston’s series win wasn’t predicated on some dominant force that shellacked Tampa Bay — after all, the Rays outscored the Sox 17-15. On the contrary, the Rays were their own worst enemy, going 6-for-31 wRISP in the three game series. In short, the Sox won because the BABIP luck dragons were nipping at the Rays heels.