OAKLAND -- Entering Monday night's game against the Athletics, the Rays ranked last in the Major Leagues (.231 average) in hitting for the first time this season after hitting .208 in their past eight games.
Offsetting that negative stat is the fact the Rays continue to lead the Major Leagues in walks.
Only once in Major League history has a team led the Major Leagues in walks while finishing last in batting. That team was the 1914 Yankees when they hit .229 and drew 577 walks. That team went 70-84 and finished sixth in the American League.
The Rays rank just below Oakland and Seattle (both are hitting .232). In the DH era (since 1973), there has never been a season when the American League had the three lowest-hitting teams in the Major Leagues.
Rays hitters are hitting just .188 with runners in scoring position since the All-Star break.