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Tampa Bay Rays: Where They Stand Now

NEW YORK - JUNE 19:  Andy Sonnanstine #21 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the New York Mets on June 19, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Trop TalkContributor IJune 28, 2009
Sorry for the lack of posts, as a busy schedule makes writing hard right now.

 

The Tampa Bay Rays now sit in third place in the AL East standings with 85 games left. The type of ball they have been playing as of late is playoff worthy.

The question is: Will they maintain this style for the rest of the season?

With the jury still out on Scott Kazmir’s and David Price’s abilities to go deep into games, the starting pitching could be the issue for the team right now.

The bullpen looks great, with J.P. Howell taking the closer role for the time being. But with the starters only lasting six innings a game, time will take its toll on the 'pen.

B.J. Upton has returned to full Bossman form, playing outstanding as of late.

With a couple of home runs in the past couple of games, he is showing signs that the power is there.

Dioner Navarro still is not playing to the ability that he is capable of.

A .239 average is alright for a catcher if he plays stellar defense—but if the defense isn’t there, then you have a below average catcher.

Cool Standings has the Rays with a 49.4 percent chance of making the playoffs.

Now, this is not the number everyone wants to see, but we will take it, considering how the season started.

Maybe the guy they call "The Bat" will start to actually use his soon. 

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