Stat of the Day: Powered by homers

May 9th, 2021

MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Rays this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

May 9: Rays 4, A's 3 -- Powered by homers
Willy Adames hit a game-tying home run and Mike Brosseau hit the go-ahead homer on Sunday, helping the Rays leave Oakland with a win. That's been a trend for Tampa Bay, which improved to 17-8 on the year when hitting at least one home run and 8-1 this season when going deep multiple times in the same game. Hitting homers, especially timely ones with runners on base, is a great way to make up for the Rays' American League-worst .203 average with runners in scoring position.

May 8: A's 6, Rays 3 -- Glasnow reaches a new level
With 11 strikeouts against the A's on Saturday, Tyler Glasnow has recorded double-digit strikeouts in four outings in 2021. Entering this season, the right-hander only had three such outings in his career.

May 7: A's 2, Rays 1 -- King of the Hill
Over Rich Hill's past three outings, the veteran southpaw has only allowed two earned runs in 15 total innings, striking out 18 and only walking five.

May 6: Rays 8, Angels 3 -- At home in Anaheim
As they completed a four-game sweep of the Angels, the Rays also clinched the season series against the Angels for the fifth straight time and improved to 5-0-1 over the last six season series. Tampa Bay is now 56-38 against the Halos in the Rays era after going 32-63 against them in the Devil Rays era. The Rays also improved to 32-12 at Angel Stadium since the start of the 2010 season -- by far the best record there for any visiting team during that stretch -- and 16-3 in Anaheim since June 2, 2015.

May 5: Rays 3, Angels 1 -- Opening act
The Rays improved to 3-2 this season when using an opener with Wednesday's win at Angel Stadium, where they first introduced the opener concept on May 19, 2018. Since Sergio Romo debuted as the opener that day, the Rays have used one 113 times and gone 68-45 in those games. Left-hander Ryan Yarbrough was the bulk reliever after Romo in the first opener game, and he's pitched well in that bulk-inning role ever since. On Wednesday, Yarbrough improved to 25-5 with a 3.45 ERA in 51 appearances out of the bullpen compared to 5-14 with a 4.61 ERA in 33 starts.

May 4: Rays 8, Angels 3 -- Pitching putting it together
After Shane McClanahan and Luis Patiño led another stellar pitching performance against the Angels, the Rays have held their opponents to three runs or fewer in 15 of their last 24 games after doing so just once in their first seven games of the season. During that time, Tampa Bay's staff ERA has dropped from 5.74 to 4.08.

Over their last 11 games, the Rays have allowed more than three runs just twice while posting a 3.09 ERA as a staff.

May 3: Rays 7, Angels 3 -- Glasnow brings the heat
Citing good rhythm, timing and effort in his delivery, starter Tyler Glasnow said he felt like his fastball velocity was "very effortless" as he struck out eight over six innings in a win. It showed on the radar gun, too. According to Statcast, Glasnow hit 100 mph on five fastballs at Angel Stadium, topping out at 100.3 mph. That was his fourth-highest total in a single outing, including the postseason -- and the three games in which he threw 100+ mph more often all came in last year's playoffs. Overall, 16 of the 45 fastballs Glasnow threw on Monday clocked in at 99 mph or higher, the second-highest single-game total of his career behind the 24 he unleashed in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series last year.

May 2: Rays 5, Astros 4 -- Margot comes up clutch
Manuel Margot's pinch-hit, go-ahead RBI single on Sunday did not only lift the Rays to victory -- it marked the first go-ahead pinch-hit of the outfielder's career. The single also was his first pinch-hit since Aug. 3, 2019, vs. the Dodgers (home run), and the first go-ahead pinch-hit in the seventh inning or later for the Rays since Kevin Kiermaier's walk-off single against Toronto on Aug. 22 last season.

May 1: Astros 3, Rays 1 -- Home field ... disadvantage?
With Saturday's loss, the Rays are now 6-10 this season at Tropicana Field. That surpasses their home loss total from last year, when they went 20-9. Tampa Bay also secured another series loss, which is its third in five home series so far. The Rays were 6-4 in home series in 2020.