The Tampa Bay Rays have a good offense, an underrated unit that receives almost no press because of their excellent pitching staff.
So far, the Rays are seventh in MLB in Wins Above Replacement, or WAR, with 5.6, and are eighth in runs scored with 133.
That’s why seeing them being shutout on Tuesday night was a bit surprising.
They weren’t just shutout, though: they were no-hit.
There is an important difference, because being no-hit means that the offense produced absolutely nothing that day.
It happens, though: it is the best baseball league in the world for a reason.
Now, there are no teams in the American League that haven’t been shut out anymore: the Rays were the last.
The Mets And The Dodgers Haven’t Been Shutout Yet
Two other contenders, however, have scored at least a run in all of their 2022 games, and both play in the National League.
“The Rays entered tonight as the only team in the AL that had not been shut out in 2022. The Dodgers and Mets are now the only teams in MLB that haven’t been shut out yet,” Fox Sports MLB tweeted on Wednesday.
The Rays entered tonight as the only team in the AL that had not been shut out in 2022. The Dodgers and Mets are now the only teams in MLB that haven't been shut out yet. pic.twitter.com/7Rxtlr9JUa
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) May 11, 2022
The Mets, meanwhile, are sixth in runs scored with 140, and boast a surprisingly strong lineup.
Francisco Lindor has had a better start than last year, Brandon Nimmo has produced, and many of the new faces, most notably Mark Canha, Starling Marte, and Eduardo Escobar, have been contributing, too.
It’s not a surprise that the Dodgers and Mets are yet to be on the receiving end of a shutout.
Perhaps we will see these two organizations face each other in the playoffs.
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