Getaway Day [noun] 1) The final day of a regular season series in baseball in which the game is often played during the day so that the visiting team may catch a flight home, or to the next city on their road trip; 2) A day on which the Tampa Bay Rays suck.
The Rays lost yesterday in Seattle on Getaway Day. This is not unusual. In their last 17 road series, the Rays are now 4-13 on Getaway Day. They are 21-19 in all other road games.
So, are the Rays having trouble waking up for these day games? Are they carousing a bit too much the night before on their final night in each city?
Well, not all of these Getaway games are day games and some day games are not the final game of the series. On the road, the Rays are 7-12 in day games. Not good, but not as bad as 4-13.
So what is the answer? We have no idea, but this is no longer an interesting coincidence or a small sample size. This is 17 games of sucktitude with a clear pattern. If the goal is to win series, this is difficult to accomplish on the road if the final game of each series is almost certainly a loss.