Rays Pitchers Need To Eliminate 2-Out Misery

Saturday afternoon in New York the Rays lost another late lead but even more frustrating for Rays fans was watching 6 of the 7 Yankees runs cross home plate with 2-outs in the inning. Two out runs are deflating for the players on the field that surrender them but are demoralizing to the fans at home tuning into the game.  Thus far in 2013 the Rays have watched many a late inning lead turn to a deficit and the usual culprit is the 2-out run.

One of the disturbing trends for the Rays pitching staff this season is the inability to close out innings. Entering Sunday’s game in New York the Rays pitching staff trialed was 2nd in the American League in allowing 2-out runs to score with 158 and have allowed the 5th highest batting average against of .251 against. In comparison, in 2012 the Rays  allowed the third fewest runs to score with two out (238) and held the opposition to the second lowest batting average against at .226.

If the Rays are going to get back into the AL East race or contend for a wild card they are going to need mroe than getting David Price and Alex Cobb back in the center of the diamond – they are going to have to close out innings.  Improving this one area can have a tremendous impact on reversing the Rays fortune.

The table below represents the Rays pitchers struggles with 2-outs in an inning.

Rk G PA R H HR BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS ▾
1 Josh Lueke 11 25 8 6 1 4 8 .286 .400 .714 1.114
2 David Price 9 77 21 25 6 6 9 .352 .403 .704 1.107
3 Kyle Farnsworth 20 31 10 9 2 2 6 .321 .387 .607 .994
4 Fernando Rodney 28 44 14 11 1 6 12 .297 .409 .459 .869
5 Jeremy Hellickson 15 124 30 36 5 7 20 .308 .347 .513 .860
6 Chris Archer 4 31 4 7 1 6 8 .280 .419 .440 .859
7 Alex Cobb 13 116 10 29 5 12 22 .282 .362 .456 .818
8 Roberto Hernandez 14 112 12 25 2 11 19 .248 .321 .347 .668
9 Jake McGee 33 45 13 8 1 6 11 .205 .311 .333 .644
10 Matt Moore 15 107 12 18 4 12 25 .189 .280 .358 .638
11 Cesar Ramos 21 50 6 11 1 3 13 .239 .300 .326 .626
12 Jamey Wright 31 56 7 10 1 7 10 .208 .321 .271 .592
13 Jake Odorizzi 4 22 3 3 0 1 4 .150 .227 .300 .527
14 Joel Peralta 33 43 4 7 0 4 9 .179 .256 .231 .487
15 Alex Torres 10 27 0 3 0 2 11 .120 .185 .160 .345
16 Brandon Gomes 13 16 2 1 0 1 7 .067 .125 .200 .325
17 Alex Colome 2 8 2 1 0 0 3 .125 .125 .125 .250
Team Total 75 934 158 210 30 90 197 .251 .328 .418 .745
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/23/2013.

 

 

 

 

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