So what kind of club do the Rays have this season? A slugging, homer-hitting club, or a team that doesn't hit home runs?
"To be honest, I feel like we're still trying to figure out what our club is like," Joyce said. "We still have a couple of guys who probably aren't swinging the bat as well as they want to. So, I think that's just a matter of time before they get going.
"We're trying to learn and get better at driving in runs. But overall, I mean, everybody knows we've been hitting a lot of home runs. It just hasn't equaled success."
Joe Maddon looked at his lineup card and pointed out that the team's power was underestimated, given the fact that they have several guys with pop, prompting the Rays manager to rattle off the names of Desmond Jennings, Evan Longoria, Kelly Johnson, Zobrist, Joyce, Luke Scott and James Loney.
"There's guys in this lineup with power," Maddon said.
While the team has displayed power during its current home run streak, Maddon noted that he expected the team's offense to be "more swarming" due to the fact that he felt that year's club was capable of making more contact than teams of the immediate past.
"And I still believe that's forthcoming," Maddon said. "And if we can do that and maintain this kind of power production, that could make for a really interesting offense as we get this thing in gear and get this thing together."
The numbers back up Maddon's belief that this year's team will strike out less. In April, Major League teams averaged 7.65 strikeouts per game. However, the Rays averaged 7.42 strikeouts per game, which was down from 8.17 strikeouts per game over the full 2012 season. The drop of 0.74 strikeouts per game represented the fourth largest in baseball behind the Rangers, Orioles and Athletics.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.