ST. PETERSBURG -- After starting out 13-1 at home, Tropicana Field was quite sweet to the Rays.
Since then, Tampa Bay has gone 11-19, and "The Pit," as manager Joe Maddon often calls it, has been full of despair.
Most recently, the Rays dropped a 3-1 decision to the Red Sox on Friday and mustered up just six hits to bring the team's home average to .220 on the season entering Saturday, the second-worst mark in the Majors.
"We made a couple mistakes but played it hard," Maddon said. "We pitched actually really well. We just have got to take advantage of opportunities when they arise a little more consistently, but it's still all there to get back to that 13-1 type of situation."
Maddon remains optimistic that Tampa Bay can get back on track in home games with his current group and only expects to get better as more players come off the disabled list.
"We talked about getting off to a great start to remain solvent within this division, not realizing we'd have as many difficulties as we've had during this time," Maddon said. "I do anticipate getting back to that, where we had started. As we continue to get healthier, better, I believe it's gonna get back closer to that."
Still a half-game back of a Wild Card spot, the Rays are in the midst of their longest homestand of the season, a 10-game stretch against the Red Sox, Indians and Mariners.