The Tampa Bay Rays have had Evan Longoria back for just about three weeks now, and things have been just dandy since his return. In their last 19 games, the Rays are 14-5.
That record would lead one to believe that Longoria is tearing the cover off the ball. Surely, the Rays wouldn't be winning so many games without a ton of help from their franchise third baseman, right?
In reality, Longo has been just OK since he was activated off the disabled list back on August 7. He's only hitting .242 with a .655 OPS. He was hitting .329 with a .994 OPS before he got hurt way back in May.
The question begging to be asked is this one: How much longer are the Rays going to be able to stay hot without increased production from Longoria?
Maybe not a whole lot longer. The Rays are embarking on a very tough road trip this week. To come out on top, they'll need as much help from Longo as they can get.
He's not the only American Leaguer who needs to show up this week. Here's a look at a handful of players who need to make the most of the next seven days.
Note: All stats come from Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.