The Tampa Bay Rays are on hearth to start out the 2023 Major League Baseball season, however not everyone seems to be taking them critically.
The Rays moved to 11-0 on the season with a 7-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night time, transferring to inside one win of setting a franchise-record successful streak.
Regardless of Tampa Bay’s begin, ESPN pundit Chris “Mad Canine” Russo shouldn’t be taking the Rays critically as World Series contenders resulting from who they’ve crushed.
“Completely not. Let me throw chilly water on it,” Russo stated Wednesday on “First Take” when requested if Tampa Bay would get again to a World Sequence.
“The Rays have beaten the Tigers, the Nats, the Athletics — who’re a Triple-A group — and the Purple Sox, who they all the time beat,” he continued. “Twelve in a row in Tampa. I don’t take them critically as a world championship group. They’ll win 90 video games. However I put plenty of chilly water on this successful streak.”
Tampa Bay made the World Sequence in 2020, shedding to the Los Angeles Dodgers in six video games.
The Rays’ 4 opponents to start out the season have a mixed file of 13-31 because the group makes an attempt to tie the 1987 Milwaukee Brewers and the 1982 Atlanta Braves for the perfect begin to a season in MLB historical past on Wednesday.
Tampa Bay is certainly one of simply 4 groups since 1901 to win their first 11 video games of the season.
“The historical past of it’s not misplaced on us,” Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe stated Tuesday. “We perceive what’s taking place, however we’re not placing any added strain on something. We’re not looking at our schedule or looking at our file proper now. … And it’s not one man doing it. It’s good figuring out that it’s one by means of 9, and for those who don’t get the job performed, the subsequent man will.”
Throughout the successful streak, Tampa Bay has launched 29 dwelling runs, tying the 2000 St. Louis Cardinals for essentially the most dwelling runs by means of 11 video games.
The Related Press contributed to this report.