Tag:Tampa Bay Rays
Posted on: June 19, 2012 7:56 am

Interleague all year long next year? Yeah!!

June 18:

Yanks sweep gNats, after sweeping Braves and Mets - all good NL East teams.  Starters have been tremendous, going deep into games and not allowing runs.  You can't be much hotter over 4 weeks.

Last 24:  20-4

And they are still due, as the hitting w/Risp hasn't kicked in yet, still 40 points under the basic batting average, and it *will* climb as with all teams that number circles nearer the BA.  The streak hasn't included a few of those typical games with double digit outbursts. The games with the gNats were close - no laughers.

Sunday All AL East teams beat their NL opponents - O's, Rays, Jays and NY won.  Tough division.

Josh Beckett (right shoulder inflammation) going on the 15-day disabled list.  ouch

AL East:             Era Starter-Pen,  OPS     GB

NY Yankees  (41-25)  4.08 - 2.63,  789
Baltimore      (39-28)  4.49 - 2.39,  731    - 2.5
Tampa Bay   (37-29)  3.58 - 3.32,  701    - 4.0
Toronto         (34-33)  4.08 - 3.75,  734    - 7.5
Boston         (33-33)  4.79 - 3.36,  764    - 8.0

NY Yankees, Last 7 days: 7 wins.  Slg: 405, ERA: 1.99
Baltimore,     Last 7 days: 6 wins.  Slg: 439, ERA: 3.00
Boston,        Last 7 days: 4 wins.  Slg: 343, ERA: 2.95
Toronto,        Last 7 days: 4 wins.  Slg: 424, ERA: 3.52
Tampa Bay,  Last 7 days: 3 wins.  Slg: 308, ERA: 4.04

Posted on: June 12, 2012 1:00 pm

Who needs runners on base?

Amazing that when the Yankees can't seem to hit with runner on, their starters step up for the last 2 weeks and carry the team to the top of the AL East.  Robertson is due back in a few days, but Gardner keeps having setbacks and isn't expected until mid-July.  The team's ERA has improved from 22nd to 10th in MLB over the last 3 weeks, while they won 14 of the last 18 or so.

The Rays and O's continue to hang around and the O's look for real.  Jays?  Not so much, with Brabdon Morrow injured.

The Red Sox continue to struggle - so much so Bobby V. is asking for automated umps. 

The standings... and why:

AL East:          Era Starter-Pen,     OPS        GB

NY Yankees  (35-25)  4.23 - 2.78,  796
Tampa Bay   (35-25)  3.45 - 3.30,  711    - 0.0
Baltimore      (34-26)  4.65 - 2.37,  728    - 1.0
Toronto          (31-30)  3.99 - 4.11,  730    - 4.5
Boston           (29-32)  4.94 - 3.53,  771    - 6.5

Recent play:

NY Yankees, Last 7 days: 6 wins.  Slg: 464, ERA: 1.71
Tampa Bay,   Last 7 days: 4 wins.  Slg: 406, ERA: 3.29
Toronto,         Last 7 days: 3 wins.  Slg: 424, ERA: 3.34
Baltimore,     Last 7 days: 4 wins.  Slg: 324, ERA: 4.50
Boston,          Last 7 days: 1 wins.  Slg: 325, ERA: 3.86

Imagine what happens when NY returns to hitting with runners on base...  in addition to HRs?

Posted on: June 4, 2012 12:34 pm

Bard hits everything but the plate

June 4

AL East:        Era Starter-Pen,  OPS     GB

Tampa Bay  (31-23)  3.37 - 3.52,  709
Baltimore    (30-24)  4.49 - 2.37,  742    - 1.0
NY Yankees (29-24)  4.64 - 2.81,  795    - 1.5
Boston          (28-26)  5.06 - 3.56,  790    - 3.0
Toronto         (28-26)  4.02 - 4.44,  727    - 3.0

Hughes pitches a complete game to win over Verlander.  Starters show improvement, but hitters still don't.

Bard walks 6 and hits two in 2 innings.  O's and Jays slide.  Rays headed into NY.

Boston       BA: 273,  Ba-risp: 298   + 25
Toronto      BA: 244,  Ba-risp: 274   + 30
Baltimore    BA: 248,  Ba-risp: 242   - 6
Tampa Bay  BA: 236,  Ba-risp: 229   - 7
NY Yankees  BA: 266,  Ba-risp: 219   - 47

Yanks have decided that sac flies, moving runners along and hits with runners on are for wussies - from now on, HRs are for real men.  The only runners in scoring position are the ones at bat. Screw small ball.

Posted on: April 30, 2012 9:12 am

First Month - AL East is a 5 team race

April 30th

End of April, and the O's and Jay's aren't fading.  The O's are living on starters and a pen (and Buck Showalter), but need some hitting.  The Jay's look weaker all around.

The 3 initial favorites struggle in different ways:  the Rays have won 7 of 8 on their starters - no pen - and hitting 31 points lower with runners in scoring position than overall BA. Once this improves, watch out.

The Yanks have the pen, but must keep slugging to try and outrun no starters. The Red Sox starters are better but suspect along with a pen out of ink, so slugging away has saved them for now.  Dice-K is due back... is that a good thing?  If the O's and Jay's hang in, a tough division limits any one of these five teams total wins.

AL East:      Era Starter-Pen,  OPS

Baltimore  (14-8)  3.71 - 1.88,  742
Tampa Bay  (14-8)  3.44 - 6.17,  775
NY Yankees (12-9)  6.37 - 2.06,  833
Toronto        (12-10)  3.51 - 4.52,  718
Boston         (10-11)  5.19 - 6.34,  797

Posted on: April 21, 2012 10:49 am

Fenway is wicked old

Its two weeks or so into the 2012 baseball season.  By the end of the weekend we'll be 10% along the way to playoffs.  Here's how things stand:

The O's and J's insist they'll compete in the toughest division in the majors and they are, so far.  Both riding ok starters, so-so hitting but good on base averages.  Can they hang come August?

The Sox and Rays are struggling as their slugging can't overcome weak bullpens.  Sox starters have yet to gel and the hangover from the end of last year looks to be still hurting the chemistry.  Dusty tells Bobby V that's not the way we do things around here... airing barbs with the media.  Bobby V knows no other way or he's looking to rally teamates around Youk.  Not working so far.

The Yanks starters have been shakey - CC still rounding into form and Kuroda looking great one start, corroding in another.  Nova shines, Hughes can't challenge hitters inside.  Garcia?  bet the over.

But it's the bullpen that shines, giving the Yanks confidence that as long as they slug they can overcome those early runs by sloppy starters.

The little lyric bandbox that is Fenway turned 100 - Fans cheered a tipsy Kevin Millar and the 212 Sox players, but the 25 Yankees in old style uniforms put 5 solo homers into the seats and held the Red Sox to 2 runs to cool an otherwise sunny party.  Sox fans are hoping the pen improves after sending Melancon down to Pawtuket but it's the starters 2 through 5 that may be a bigger worry.

Spring is here, let's play two.   

AL East:     Era Starter-Pen,   OPS

NY Yankees (8-6)  5.40 - 1.71,  835
Baltimore     (8-6)  4.30 - 2.44,  760
Toronto         (7-6)  3.92 - 4.57,  701
Tampa Bay   (7-7)  4.02 - 8.49,  762
Boston         (4-9)  6.09 - 6.13,  762

Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:40 am

In the end, Ohhhh - innuendo

Wk 26:  Down to the last strike... season ending.  Heartbreak only remains.

The incredibly improbable?  or the cruelest version of an old script?   Cursed fate rules.

New York Yankees  (96-61) --> (97-65)   wk 1-4
Tampa Bay Rays     (87-71) --> (91-71)   wk 4-0   6
Boston Red Sox       (88-69) --> (90-72)   wk 2-3   7
Toronto Blue Jays     (80-78) --> (81-81)   wk 1-3   16
Baltimore Orioles       (67-91) --> (69-93)   wk 2-2   28

2 outs, 2 strikes...  bottom of the 9th.  We've all played that in our backyards as kids.  The thrill of victory? ..or the agony of defeat.  Walk off win or slump off defeat.  

Wednesday night, it didn't just happen beyond all likelihood, it happened twice.  Rays down 7-0 in the 8th, a 9th inning HR to tie, an extra inning walk off winner.  The Red Sox up 3-2,   best closer on the mound, 2 strikes, 2 outs, ...then bang: 2 runs, game over, season over.

How improbable?

On Sept. 3rd, odds of Red Sox reaching the playoffs?  99.6 %
Odds of Red Sox winning Wed. in the 9th?  >>> 95.3 %
Odds of the Rays coming back from 7-0 in the 8th?  .3 % (99.7 against, 300 to 1)
Odds of a ninth inning hit by the Rays Johnson, 2 outs, 2 strikes?  BA was .108, 1 hit in 45 ABs with 2 strikes, a 2% chance)
Odds of a rain delay in Boston, allowing the Sox to watch the Rays unlikely comeback?  long and spooky.

Overall probability of all these things happening that night together?  One chance in 278 million.

Like flipping a coin and having it land edge on standing up.  Twilight zone odds.

But that doesn't add in the old destiny - the heartbreak that Boston knows all too well.  If the gods wrote the script, it would be as cruel as possible, as last minute as the 9th on the last day, as story book as 2 strikes, and as ironic as the last hope of a one game playoff saved is dashed 3 minutes later when the Rays pull off an impossible comeback.

Babe, Bucky, Buckner, Boone, Baltimore.

Category: MLB
Posted on: May 23, 2011 8:44 am

Everyone can be in 1st... the world doesn't end

AL East, Week 7:

Everyone can be in 1st...  and the world doesn't end.

The Rays stabbed by Marlins, make room in 1st for all.  Red Sox roll as A-Gon pounds and Albers grooves.  Yankees use all avenues.  Jays stay close and Orioles nearby.

New York Yankees  (20-17) --> (25-20) wk 4-3 +1 sunday  Small ball or large, it's all good.
Tampa Bay Rays     (23-16) --> (26-21) wk 2-5 +1 sunday  Split w/ Tor, NY, Slide vs. Marlins
Boston Red Sox      (19-20) --> (25-21) wk 5-1 +1 sunday  Beat Det, Cubs.  Rolls but BP still an adventure
Toronto Blue Jays    (19-20) --> (23-23) wk 4-2 -1 sunday  Houston?  Still hangs close
Baltimore Orioles    (18-20) --> (21-24) wk 2-4 +1 sunday  Swats Nats, needs to Buck up

Rumor has it Bartolo Colon survived his visit to the Island of Dr.Moreau.  It is better to play good than to look good?  Scoring runs - On base .335, Slugging .448, works on the west caost, too?

Rays pitching continues to shine as whip = 1.20 Philly-like.  Could add some slugging.

Red Sox slugging large last 7 days, Wakefield ageless wonder.  Hoping to fix clutch hitting as they lead league in LOB.  Trend or anomoly?

Jays, like Sox do it with bats.  Will pitching hold up?  Bautista machine well oiled.

Orioles arms need stem cell treatment.  Great clutch hitting but 7 day ERA = 5.76.

Posted on: December 10, 2010 9:02 am

Signs the apocalypse is near

7 Years of bad luck?  Who broke the mirror?  MLB teams are officially nuts!

Proof that the end is near:  Reports today are that Boof Bonzer, the worst pitcher with the best name in the game, has signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets.  Yup, the Mets.  Au jus for everyone, medium rare.  ...and 2)  The Boston Red Sox are talking with Carlos Beltran  (of the very same Mets).  Ouch!  Sox fans, I'm passing along a warning here - keep your ten-foot pole handy, this guy has rings where folks have been touching him with that pole.  Besides, you cannot have a Beltre + Beltran at the same time - it's forbidden by the announcers contract.  But I did hear Damon was kissing up some about returning.  Johnny I hardly knew ya.  Jing Jing Jing.

Yet again...  further proof that the end is near:  examples...

1)  Jason Werth gets 7 years @ huge $, ...the Nationals?  the guy isn't a home run hitter, nor huge RBI guy.  Easy way to avoid any playoff games.  Is this Jason & the Golden Fleece?
2)  Carl Crawfish gets 7 years , 142 million.  huh?  I'm all for the Sox finding good OF'ers, makes the season a good fight, but this ends the old saw about Evil Empire, etc, ok?  Remember, eX-Rays are dangerous, hence the lead apron.  Madame Curie, recall?
3)  Cliff Lee gets (will get) 7 years .  Talk about extending unemployment benefits!  What happens during those last 2-3 years when he turns into Boof Bonzer?

Wasn't it the great plagues that also came in 7 year packages?    Seems to me this is a sign...  7 deadly sins, 7 dwarfs, 7 seas, 7 hills of Rome, 7 wonders of the world, 7 palms in a cubit, The original diameter in inches of the 45rpm format record,  Maximum number of VHF broadcast channels available in any TV market in the United States of America; (channels 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13), 7 Samuri, 7 year itch, 7 cities of gold, 7 = a neutral pH value between acidity and alkalinity and... of course, the 7th inning stretch.   Yes, it's a sign.

In Math:
7 is the only dimension, besides the familiar 3, in which a vector cross product can be defined .
There are seven fundamental types of catastrophes .
Seven is the sum of any two opposite sides on a standard six-sided die
Seven is the lowest number which cannot be represented as the sum of the squares of three integers

Forget 2012, these contracts *are* revelations, 4 horsemen of the apocalypse + 3 wise men this month... and bingo: 7

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