ARLINGTON -- The Rays have started the season 21-8 on the road and just 15-12 at Tropicana Field, which is in stark contrast to years past when winning on the road proved difficult and playing at Tropicana Field usually meant victory.
Rays players are aware of the imbalance and are ready to change their fortunes at home.
"I think [the home record is] a little odd considering the last couple of years how well we've played at home," Ben Zobrist said. "But yeah, it's definitely time to get going at home. We need to play better at home. We knew that playing on the road wasn't always going to be as easy as it had been the first couple of road trips. And this road trip has proved that. When we get home, we have to defend the Trop."
Added James Shields: "I think we need to get better at home for sure. We definitely have a nice little comfort factor on the road, but we have to get better at home.
"I just think teams are coming in and really getting after us. We had a hot start, and I think teams are coming in knowing they have a tough game ahead of them."