Tampa Bay Rays: 5 Things We’ve Learned Midway Through 2014

Tampa Bay Rays: 5 Things We've Learned Midway Through 2014

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It's been a rough season so far for the Tampa Bay Rays as they sit fifth in the American League. Let's look at five things we've learned so far in 2014.

5. A Lack Of Power

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5. A Lack Of Power

Evan Longoria
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The Tampa Bay Rays are seriously lacking home-run power this year. With the team hitting only 62 total home runs on the year, good for 23rd in the majors, you have to really rely on timely hitting. The Rays aren't getting either.

4. The Rays Are Missing Fernando Rodney

Grant Balfour
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4. The Rays Are Missing Fernando Rodney

Grant Balfour
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Surprisingly, the Rays are actually missing Rodney. Over at Seattle, Rodney has 23 saves with a 2.23 ERA. The Rays as a team have four pitchers with saves with Grant Balfour holding 10. However, his ERA sits at 5.52 and is without a save since June 11.

3. Kevin Kiermaier Is A Glimpse Into The Future

Kevin Kiermaier
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3. Kevin Kiermaier Is A Glimpse Into The Future

Kevin Kiermaier
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If there's one thing you can be excited about this season, it's the Rays' Kevin Kiermaier. In only 32 games this season, Kiermaier has hit .306 with six home runs and 12 RBIs. Possessing speed and power, Kiermaier could be a dynamic player for the Rays for years to come.

2. Wil Myers Experiencing A Sophomore Slump

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2. Wil Myers Experiencing A Sophomore Slump

Wil Myers
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Myers is out with an injury, but his season before that occurred wasn't exactly roses and daisies. Hitting only .227 with five home runs and 25 RBIs, it's certainly not the start the Rays or Myers were hoping for.

1. David Price Should Be Traded By the Deadline

David Price

1. David Price Should Be Traded By the Deadline

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The writing is on the wall. David Price will no longer be a Ray by the trade deadline. It looks as if the Rays need to do an overhaul of their roster, and what better trade chip to move than Price. His pitching is been a bit inconsistent, but he'll get the Rays a king's ransom for his services.

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