The Tampa Bay Rays have had an up-and-down beginning to the 2014 season.
The early results look good, though the process to attain them is concerning.
Their one-game-above-.500 record has come with a lot of inconsistent play. The Rays scored at least seven runs three times in their first five games of the season. The five-run performance against the Texas Rangers in their sixth game of the season is the only time they have been able to score more than three runs since.
One bright note has been the Rays' ability to win one-run games. They are 4-0 so far in games decided by a single run, including two games with a 1-0 final score. If the offense is going to continue to struggle to score, they will need to continue to be efficient in close, minimal-scoring games.
Even though it is early in the season and the sample sizes are tiny, there are some trends that have played a role in the Rays’ early successes and struggles. Let’s take a look at some of the positive surprises and unfortunate disappointments of the first two weeks.
All statistics courtesy of MLB.com unless otherwise noted.