Bullpen has been sharp
The most impressive part of the team after one week was the Rays’ bullpen. Thought to be the Achilles heel going into the season, this motley crew kept the games close and gave the offense the opportunity to win the games late. Trading Jake McGee then losing Brad Boxberger to injury it forced the Rays to move starter Erasmo Ramirez to the bullpen (easy decision with several off-days at the start of the season).
Not only did the bullpen ease concerns, they flourished. Posting a 1.45 ERA with a .172 BAA over 18.2 IP, Kevin Cash and crew could not have been happier. The ERA would have been better if not for the wild pitch, which could have been easily blocked by Hank Conger, allowing a run to score from third base.
Time will tell if this can continue. Probably not. But if it was not for the bullpen’s outstanding work this week, the Rays could have been looking at a 0-6 start.