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Rays Putrid Offense Put Into Perspective

Tweeted by Steve Berthiaume, although plenty of others have mentioned this too:

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This year's Rays and the '92 Tigers are the only teams since 1900 to never lead in their first 6 games of a season.

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Historical comparisons are fun and all, but in the end, rather meaningless. Each team is very different from any other team that came before them, and statistically speaking, is it that improbable that one good team might open a season 0-6 out of the 100+ seasons since 1900? It's certainly a very unique event, but in and of itself, it doesn't condemn the Rays to a losing season.

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That said, the Rays haven't looked good out on the field, and they're digging themselves into a pretty big hole. I'd originally pegged them as around an 86-88 win team and the Orioles as around an 81 win club; with the hot start by the Orioles and the dreadful start by the Rays, that's looking like a much closer race than originally thought.

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A win sometime soon - heck, even just a lead - would be nice.

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