ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Near the end of a long, rewarding homestand, Jose Lobaton and Jose Molina considered what could come ahead. The Tampa Bay Rays had lived a remarkable run -- they won 10 of 11 games, 14 of 16 and 17 of 21 after a 5-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday at Tropicana Field -- and the catchers wondered if their momentum could continue after the All-Star break.
Lobaton asked Molina about the second half. Molina, as Lobaton recalls the conversation, offered advice that the Rays would be wise to follow: "Just keep going."
"I don't think we think too much about that," Lobaton said of his team's roll. "We just go every game, it's a different day. Whatever happens, happens."
In the coming days, Rays players will enjoy a mental and physical break before they begin an intriguing 10-game road trip against American League East teams July 19. But lately, what has happened could be recalled as the key charge that lifted them amongst the AL's best if they advance to ...