This has been the best start to the season for the Rays ever in franchise history. 16-12 and in contention for first place, the Rays are playing phenomenal baseball and have won their last three series, including sweeps of the Red Sox and Blue Jays.
Something that has been plaguing the Rays is injuries with a leauge high ten players on the disable list at sometime in April. Five have gone on the DL since the season started. But this has not stopped the Rays from play great ball. They did suffer a loss today in the first day of May when BJ Upton went down with a left shoulder strain, he is listed as day-to-day.
The Rays have had great individual performances also. Andy Sonnanstine has won the most games in the month of April with four. James Shields had the best ERA at 2.54 in team history.
The bullpen of the Rays was the best it has ever been with Troy Percival, the veteran leader, has six saves in six attempts and has been dominating in the closer role, and Dan Wheeler has six holds and has been dominating in the setup role.
As we look ahead to the month of May, which has been the worst for the Rays winning percentage wise, I know that I am excited to say the least and better yet we are starting the month off in first place over the Red Sox.