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Inside the Rays continuing historically bad slump

The numbers tell the story of the Rays inexplicable ongoing offensive slump, and the words detail how tough it has been to deal with.

Over their last 14 games - since returning from Houston where they won the last three games against the Astros - the Rays have been brutally bad, scoring just 24 runs, hitting .192 overall (86-for-449) and a stunning .098 with runners in scoring position (8-for-82).

The 24 runs are the fewest in franchise history over for a 14-game stretch, and the fewest over that period for any AL team since the 2013 Astros scored 21 during their 111-loss season.

"It's been perplexing,'' manager Kevin Cash said before Saturday's game. "It's beyond frustrating. The guys are frustrated for good reason. We could deny it and say that we're not but that's - I better watch what I say - but we're frustrated, there's no doubt. We're gonna try and do everything we can to stay positive through those frustrations, to kind of stick together, lean on each other to get through this, get that crooked number inning, and hopefully that turns us on.''

Cash said there is no easy answer to what caused the Rays, who were among the AL's more productive teams in the first half, to go so cold, averaging just 1.71 runs a game since Aug. 4.

"I don't think we can pinpoint it,'' Cash said. "If we could pinpoint it we wouldn't been going through it. I don't think anything has changed. Nobody has gone up there and changed the way they work. (Hitting coach) Chad Mottola hasn't changed the way he communicates. I don't feel like I have. It's just one of those ruts that we're in where there are a bunch guys that are scuffling and the result is we're not scoring runs.''


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