While in the midst of a playoff push, the Rays bats could set another team record before the season’s over.
The last couple of seasons have seen an influx of long balls exit ball parks off the ends of Rays bats. In 2016, the Rays set a new franchise record hitting 216 home runs as a team. They could be well on their way to eclipsing that this season. On top of setting those records, a new first could be reached in 2017.
Through Wednesday, Logan Morrison (33) is the only Rays player with 30+ home runs. After hitting his 29th last night in Kansas City, Steven Souza Jr is right behind him. Corey Dickerson sits third on the team with 25 bombs.
If Souza and Dickerson both eclipse the 30-home run mark it will be the first time in franchise history that three different players have hit 30+ home runs in the same season. With 27 games remaining that feat is very attainable.
LoMo leading the pack.
Morrison is on pace to finish as the Rays home run king this season. Not since Carlos Pena in 2010 has a first baseman led the team. It would also snap a four-year streak of Evan Longoria wearing the HR crown.
The 29th home run hit by Souza Wednesday night made him the single-season leader in home runs by an outfielder in Rays (or Devil Rays) history. The mark was previously held by Melvin Upton Jr back in 2012.