The Rays acquired five players from the Cubs in the Matt Garza trade, and Wednesday night Chris Archer became the fourth of that group to play for the Rays following outfielders Sam Fuld and Brandon Guyer, and catcher Robinson Chirinos. Shortstop Hak-Ju Lee is the fifth player, and he entered the season as the Rays' top position player prospect, according to Baseball America.
Fernando Rodney earned his 20th save in the team's 68th game on Tuesday, making him the quickest of any Ray to reach the 20-save mark in a season, besting the old mark of Roberto Hernandez (69th game in 1999 on June 21).
The last Major League pitcher to have 20 saves and a lower ERA at this juncture was Mariano Rivera of the Yankees in 2008 (20, 0.79).
"I tell you, everything so far, so good," Rodney said. "[Playing for the Rays] has been a good opportunity, that's what I wanted to do, show that I can pitch."
Rodney acts as if he's firing an arrow into the sky after each save he accrues. He smiled when asked if he had 30 more arrows for this season. "We're going to try, every time I go out there I'm going to try and do my job the best I can so we can win the game," he said.
Entering Wednesday night's game, Rays hitters led the Major Leagues with 248 walks. They are paced by Carlos Pena (second in the American League with 49) and Ben Zobrist (third in the AL with 46). The two are on pace for 118 and 111 walks, respectively.
In Major League history, only 15 times have teammates each walked 100 times.