Cleveland Indians (2-1) at Tampa Bay Rays (1-2)
Series 2, Games 4, 5, and 6
Tropicana Field (2012): 0.874*, Slight pitchers park. (Dome)
*Park Factor compares the rate of stats at home vs. the rate of stats on the road. A rate higher than 1.000 favors the hitter. Below 1.000 favors the pitcher.
The Rays, despite winning 90 or more games for four of the past five seasons, failed to make the playoffs in 2012. The front office responded this off season by being fiscally conservative and dropping payroll by 2.7% from last season. They traded all-star starting pitcher James Shields to the Kansas City Royals, cutting $10.25 million from the operating expense category for 2013. Unlike the Indians, the Rays decided to keep quiet on the free agent market this past off season, as their talented group of core players take another shot at the AL East crown. The organization has earned respect since Stuart Sternberg took over the ownership of ...