In Kevin Cash’s third year as the manager for the Tampa Bay Rays, he has shown nothing but mere mediocrity once again.
After a promising first half of 2017, the Rays have slipped to 63-66, and they are 16-23 in the second half. Most of their losses have been a result of a lackluster offense.
In the second half of the season, the Rays rank last in practically every offensive category. The biggest difference has been the long ball. In the first half of the season, they slugged 133 home runs (4th in the MLB). They have only mustered 45 jacks in the second half (24th in the MLB).
While the power gap has certainly been a hard obstacle to overcome, they have just been struggling to reach base. They are the only team in the MLB with an OBP below .300 in the second half of the season.
With that being said, the run production has subsequently took a nose dive. Before the All-Star break, the Rays scored more than six runs on 22 different occasions, going 21-1 in those games. However, post All-Star break has been a different story. They have only scored more than six runs one time in 39 games, and they lost that game to the Houston Astros, 14-7.
While the lack of offensive production is hardly Cash’s fault, he has shown a dangerous correlation of second half struggles in his three-year tenure as the Rays skipper. In his first season as manager, the Rays were one game over .500 at the mid-way point. Then, they went 9-16 in July to squash any postseason hopes. The Rays had the same record in July of 2016 as well. Although, they were well out of playoff contention at that point. With the Rays coming off a terrible 3-12 stretch from August 4th to August 19th, it seems as if Cash is unable to fix the Rays’ biggest problem, the second half slump.
However, to say Cash is on the hot seat at this point would be a bit pre-mature. Although, if this trend continues, he could be searching for new work before the end of the 2018 season.