Who Will Slow Down Tampa Bay Rays’ Red Hot Run Here in July?
It’s summertime — the temperatures are soaring across the nation, as we reach the dog days of summer in the sports world. With football season closing in, baseball season is heating up and so too are the red hot Tampa Bay Rays.
Tampa Bay is entering Tuesday night’s contest with the Boston Red Sox with a legitimate opportunity to overtake the top spot in the American League East. The Rays have not lost since last week’s All Star Break came to a close, winning four consecutive games to run their current win streak to six overall. In addition to that, Tampa Bay has won 14 of their past 15 games and 18 of 20 throughout the month of July. Talk about heating up at the right time, it’s almost incomprehensible to think that even with that success they still sit a half game behind the Red Sox for first place.
Well, Tampa Bay will look to keep their winning ways alive, as they prepare for games two, three and four of this current stretch with Boston. The Red Sox have been the dominant force in the AL East for much of this season and ironically enough, they could be the ones to slow down the Rays’ attack. If Boston can make a move over the next few days, they would not only cool off the red hot Rays, but also extend their lead atop the division back to a better comfort zone with August nearing.
The Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees, who are currently positioned in both third and fourth place, respectively, will also get their shot to close out the season. That however, requires slowing down Tampa Bay in the process.
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