The Tampa Bay Rays are trying anything to help them end their current losing streak.
The Rays look to avoid a season-high sixth straight loss when they continue their home series with the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday night.
Tampa Bay (61-54) matched a season high by dropping its fifth in a row in a 5-2 loss in Friday’s series opener. The defeat came hours after the club held a players only meeting in an attempt to instill some confidence after a 1-5 road trip to Seattle and Los Angeles.
The Rays, who are looking to remain a serious wild-card contender but now trail Boston by 5 1/2 games, might need more than a team meeting to help their cause.
Looking to avoid their longest losing streak since dropping seven in a row July 7-13, 2008, the Rays have been outscored 40-16 during their five-game skid, while batting .247 and posting a hefty 8.12 ERA.
“This is when we have to stick together,” Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. “And stay with it.”
Struggling through the worst of his five full major league seasons, Kazmir allowed seven runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings of that 11-2 loss to the Mariners.
“It was frustrating,” said Kazmir, a 2008 All-Star who’s trying to extend his run of four straight seasons with at least 10 wins.
The left-hander wasn’t much better in his last outing versus Toronto, allowing seven runs in 6 1-3 innings, while not receiving a decision in a 10-9 win over the Blue Jays on July 8.
Kazmir is 3-4 with a 4.02 ERA in 12 starts against Toronto.
Overbay is 7 for 15 with two home runs and six RBIs in his last four games overall, and 4 for 8 in his last two against Tampa Bay after recording one hit in his previous seven contests versus the Rays this season.
The left-hander is making his first start since allowing five runs in six innings of a 10-9, 12-inning home loss to the Rays on July 25. Tallet has a 13.00 ERA while not receiving a decision in two career starts against Tampa Bay, both this season.