Rays bats can't keep up with Blue Jays

Blue Jays' Brett Lawrie stretches his neck after jamming it sliding into second safe on a double....

Blue Jays' Brett Lawrie stretches his neck after jamming it sliding into second safe on a double. Lawrie had another hit and an RBI in the Blue Jays' 10-5 win over the Rays. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:30 AM ET

TORONTO - Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon spent the better part of his pre-game chat with the media focussing on his team’s inability to put up big numbers offensively.

There’s no question his team has dealt with more than its share of injuries already this year. See Alex Cobb, Jeremy Hellickson and Matt Moore just to start that conversation. But Maddon refuses to use that as an excuse. Maddon believes the real shortcoming in his roster has been its inability to generate offence.

The Rays are winning on pitching and defence for the most part. Consider that in the past 12 games before last night the Rays had managed seven wins, despite scoring just 36 run, or an average of three a game.

Maddon has to like the fact his team is able to win at that rate with so little offence, but he also knows a team can’t win long term with that approach. He knows at some point his team is going to have to win the inevitable slugfest.

 


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