Rays' low average not hurting runs total

Rays' low average not hurting runs total

NEW YORK -- The Rays entered Monday night's action against the Yankees hitting .249 -- tied for 23rd in the Major Leagues -- and lowest in team history. However, the club has scored 746 runs -- third in the Major Leagues behind the Yankees and Red Sox -- and is on pace to score a club-record 816.

The Rays are averaging 5.04 runs per game, most in club history, and they rank ninth in on-base percentage at .335. Finally, they lead the Major Leagues with 621 walks and are just 21 shy of the club-record 642 set last season.

"The one thing I always try to get hitters to look away from is batting average," Maddon said. "I always wanted them to look to their walks-to-strikeout ratio, their on-base percentage. ... Today, when you combine the on-base with the slugging, you get the OPS, which is more of a true indicator of a person's value as an offensive player.

"I mean, we're still scoring a ton of runs. We're scoring as many runs as we ever have and our batting average is as low as it's ever been. So, for me, it is about scoring runs first sometimes. Obviously, I'd like us to get more hits, no question. But the end result has been 30 games over .500."