The Rays, currently tied for best record in the Grapefruit League, are showing resilience through the first 16 games of spring training. However, it seems the Rays have picked up right where they left off.
Even after the huge losses of James Shields and B.J. Upton, the Rays have a 11-5 record through 16 games. Not too shabby, considering they are tied with the Baltimore Orioles for the best record in the Grapefruit League.
An obvious reason for their success is the lack of injuries. Aside from two minor injuries to Desmond Jennings and Luke Scott, which they have already recovered from, the Rays have kept a pretty healthy squad.
The team’s success has been a ray of sunshine in the latest issues surrounding the team, such as trying to get a new stadium, retaining David Price and trying to fix the fact that they had the worst attendance in baseball last year.
Rays’ owner, Stuart Sternberg, is one of the many who seem optimistic about the upcoming season.
“Really good. Unfortunately last year we felt incredible about the team and the last time we felt that was coming into ’09, and those are the only two years we haven’t made the playoffs,” said Sternberg. “However, winning the number of games we won last year is nothing to sneeze at, so it worked out fine.”
The Rays, coming off a 6-4 loss to the Twins, return to action March 12 to play the last-place Yankees. For the Rays’ full schedule, click here.