Cash expects 'very good series' vs. Red Sox

June 20th, 2021

The month of June hasn’t been kind to the Rays. They entered Sunday’s series finale against the Mariners mired in a five-game losing streak and in second place behind the Red Sox in the American League East.

The Rays hoped to win Sunday’s game against the Mariners before heading back to St. Petersburg to face Boston in a three-game series starting Tuesday. Most baseball experts thought Boston would be chasing the Rays, Yankees and Blue Jays by the time June arrived, but the the team is in first place and is getting solid seasons from sluggers like J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers.

The last time the two teams met was last April, with the Red Sox sweeping a three-game series at Fenway Park. Rays manager Kevin Cash already realizes that the Red Sox are not the same team that finished in last place last season.

“It’s typical Red Sox. It seems like we play good games against them,” Cash said. “Coming into the season, we thought highly of them. They had a couple of players last year that had not had their typical years. Our thoughts and [how] we appreciate valuing players, we were confident they would bounce back. It looks like a lot of them have.

“They have swung the bats well and they have [received] good pitching, both starting and relieving. It seems like their roster is thicker to where they are getting contributions every night. They are making the most out of their opportunities. It should be set up for a very good series.”