Rays raking homers, setting records

Rays raking homers, setting records

MIAMI -- Though they are certainly capable, it's still been something of a surprise to look up 42 games into the season and see that the Rays are leading the Major Leagues in home runs with 65.

It's the first time in club history that Tampa Bay has paced the Majors in home runs at this point in the season -- and the Rays have hit the most homers through 42 games since the 2011 Yankees also hit 65.

"We knew coming into the year with the additions we had with a lot of power guys, just one through nine, everyone's a threat to hit a home run," said Brandon Guyer, who has belted five homers from the top of the order, including one in Monday's 7-6 loss to the Marlins.

"I don't know if there's a couple guys that will be hitting 40 home runs, but we have a lot of guys who can at any point hit a home run. That's the reason why we're in the lead. One through nine, there's a pretty good chance anyone could hit one."

Tampa Bay has hit 13 more homers at this point in the season than any other in club history, and it has hit 27 more than last year at this point. Counting the homers last night by Guyer and Taylor Motter, both solo blasts that led off an inning, the Rays have a big league-best and a club-record 38 for May.

Motter's solo homer

With eight games left until June, they are just six homers shy of the club mark for most homers in any month, a mark set in September 2012 at 44.

The Rays have hit one more homer as a team at this point in the season than the Big Red Machine-era Reds did in 1970.

It's an important trait in a team that is never out of any game.

"If we're down some runs and we've got runners on base, it just takes one swing of the bat to inch yourself closer, tie in up, take the lead," Guyer said. "It's cool to be on a team like that."

What makes the stat even more impressive is the fact that 13 players on the Rays' roster have hit a home run, and not one has hit more than nine.

Guyer said that the ability for every player in the lineup to go yard has not turned into a competition within the team.

"No, I know personally not for me," Guyer said. "We're just rooting each other on. Honestly, no one is even trying to hit home runs. It's just something that's happening right now."

Guyer hopes the power surge continues, but he has been around long enough to know that things can and do change in this game.

"Baseball's a weird game," Guyer said. "Who knows if it will keep continuing throughout the whole season or if it's just a streak we're on for a month and a half? I don't see it stopping, but we'll see."

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.