Myers could help Rays' sluggish offense
April, 16, 2013
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
Wil Myers had a decent game Monday night with a two-run single and two walks, raising his season batting average to .297. Of course, Myers was in Charlotte playing right field for the Durham Bulls, not in Boston with the Tampa Bay Rays. Myers is also one of the most dropped outfielders in ESPN standard mixed leagues even though little has changed with his situation in the past month. If you drafted Myers, you shouldn't be surprised he remains in Triple-A at this point.
The Rays made it clear that Myers, acquired during the winter in the James Shields deal from the Kansas City Royals, would not be rushed to the majors, even if he's seemingly ready and the Rays struggled to initially score runs. Well, they're officially struggling. On Sunday, right-hander Clay Buchholz took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Rays, and on Monday right-hander Ryan Dempster fanned 10 Rays in seven strong innings, permitting just two hits. The Rays enter Tuesday hitting .205 as a team with 35 runs scored -- only the awful Miami Marlins are worse -- with just five home runs in 12 games (nobody has hit more than one) and with an on-base percentage and slugging percentage on the wrong side of .300.