The Red Sox are not the only 0-6 team out there. They’re not the only one in the division, either. And they’re not even the 0-6 team with the worst chances of a turnaround. Ladies and gentlemen: the Tampa Bay Rays.
Tampa Bay dropped its sixth straight game today, losing 5-1 to the White Sox in Chicago’s home opener. The loss came at the hands of an old teammate and nemesis, Edwin Jackson. Jackson pitched for the Rays from 2006 to 2008, and he threw a no-hitter against them while pitching for the Diamondbacks last year. Today he was on fire, striking out 13 Rays in eight innings. He’s always had the capability to uncork games like that. Electric stuff when he can control it.
The Rays haven’t even held a lead this year. In their six games they have scored 1, 1, 1, 3, 1 and 1 runs. Their best player is out for three weeks. It’s bad news. Far worse than anything the Red Sox are facing, with far less talent in reserve to expect an extraordinary turnaround in the short term.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu will open the regular season in the starting rotation, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports.
Ryu, 30, missed the entire 2015 season and made only one start last season due to shoulder and elbow injuries. The lefty has looked solid in three spring appearances, however, yielding a lone run on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in nine innings.
With Scott Kazmir likely to begin the season on the disabled list, that leaves Alex Wood and Brandon McCarthy to battle it out for the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ rotation.
Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique, making it likely that he begins the regular season on the disabled list, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
The Royals acquired Soler from the Cubs in December in exchange for reliever Wade Davis. Over parts of three seasons with the Cubs, Soler hit .258/.328/.434 with 27 home runs and 98 RBI in 765 plate appearances.
When he’s healthy, Soler is expected to find himself in the Royals’ lineup as a right fielder and occasionally as a designated hitter.