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Grant Balfour picked up his seventh save of the season Wednesday pitching a scoreless ninth with one strikeout of the Rays 2-0 win over the Mariners.
Balfour is now 7-for-8 in save save chances since joining the Rays this off-season and is now sitting on a 4.70 ERA and 1.43 WHIP through his first 15.1 innings of work. Although he hasn't pitched all that well in the early going, there has been no indication that the Rays would pull the plug quickly if his struggles were to carry over into the heat of the season. ANALYST: Matthew Beck
Jose Abreu was 0-for-4 on Saturday ending his seventeen game hitting streak.
During his seventeen hitting streak, Jose Abreu hit .318 and was only four short of his career high set last year in his rookie campaign. But he is now hitting .283 on the season and has fallen short on the power numbers so far this year. Abreu is hitting more ground balls (49.1%) this year yet his home run to fly ball ratio has fallen nine percentage points from 26.9 in 2014 to 17.1 this season. Since the whole offense has struggled, it is exacerbated when their best hitter is not hitting on all cylinders either. Abreu is solid, but maybe not worthy of the first round status he achieved after one season in the majors. Analysis: Greg Jewett