Major League Baseball’s Opening Day will be here before you know it. Let’s break down each team’s prognosis into the 2021 season, following an abbreviated 2020 season.

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In 2020, the Tampa Bay Rays pitched their way to the American League East title, posting a 40-20 record. They also finished third in the majors with a 3.56 ERA, and the Rays battled through six games of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, they finished fourth in the AL East in runs scored with 289 runs despite this success.

Here are Tampa’s projected starters.

Tampa Bay Rays Projected Batting Lineup:

  1. OF Austin Meadows
  2. 2B Brandon Lowe
  3. OF Randy Arozarena 
  4. 1B Ji Man Choi 
  5. 3B Joey Wendle
  6. OF Manuel Margot
  7. SS Willy Adames
  8. C Francisco Mejia
  9. OF Kevin Kiermaier

Tampa Bay Rays Projected Pitching Rotation:

  • SP1 Tyler Glasnow 
  • SP2 Rich Hill 
  • SP3 Chris Archer 
  • SP4 Brandon McKay
  • SP5 Ryan Yarbrough
  • CL Nick Anderson 

Tampa Bay Rays Team Outlook:

Over the course of the offseason, the Rays made significant changes that will greatly impact their 2021 season. Tampa traded ace Blake Snell to the Padres for starter Francisco Mejia, catcher Blake Hunt, and righty Cole Wilcox. Snell will be missed in the team’s 2021 rotation, but the team did gain a controllable upside arm in Patino.

The Rays also signed starter Michael Wacha, who did not reach his potential following a successful 2015. Then, the Rays traded reliever Jose Alvarado to the Philadelphia Phillies for first baseman Dillon Paulson in a three-way deal. They also moved the first baseman Nate Lowe to the Texas Rangers for catcher Heriberto Hernandez, infielder Osleivis Basabe, and first baseman Alexander Ovalles. In mid-February, Tampa signed starters Rich Hill, Chris Archer, and Collin McHugh.

Tampa’s offense lacks elite depth and hitting talent. Last season, outfielder Randy Arozarena carried the team to the postseason. Looking onto 2021, hopefully, Austin Meadows regains his 2019 form and shortstop Wander Franco pushes his way up to the major leagues from the minors. Tampa Bay will hope they can get as far as they did in 2020 and prove that they are, in fact, the real deal.

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