Posted on: August 18, 2010 5:06 pm

How crazy ...

How crazy ould it be if:

1. The Boston Redsox acquire Manny Ramirez and come back and get into the playoffs. Not only through a Wild Card, but they are crowned the division winners. That would be nuts.

2. The San Francisco Giants come from 5 back in the NL West, where the Padres have led pretty much ALL Year. None of the Giants 5 starters have worse than a 3.62 ERA. Pat Burrell has been lights out for them since his arrival. His batting average is currently .50 points higher than it was earlier in the season.

3. No one has made any mention of Neftali Feliz for a possible Rookie of the Year candidate, but his 29 saves and that 9.2 K rate have got to get some respect. The only thing hurting him would be his 3.48 ERA. Then you look at his .987 WHIP.... This could hinge on the Rangers finish, but if this kid gets just 6 more saves he would have 35...in his rookie year.

4. What if the Cincinnati Reds can hold off Pujol's St. Louis Cardinals? Do the Cardinals miss the playoffs? Right now they are behind two other teams in the Wildcard chase. The best player in baseball watching playoffs?

5. Ubaldo Jimenez DOESNT win the NL Cy Young. Honestly, this guy's team win % in games he's pitched is .792 . Adam Wainright is the only other player with 17 wins, but he has twice as many losses as Jimenez's 3. Consider Ubaldo also has 4 no decisions.

Category: MLB
Posted on: September 8, 2009 12:16 pm

Winning in losing. . .

I hope that Tampa Bay Rays fans today are content with the results of this season. I've noticed the past few weeks, that the new Rays fanbase is becoming much more demanding than previous years. It seems the success that the Rays have had the past few years has gone to our heads. Even 4 or 5 few years ago, could you ever imagine that the Rays would arrive in the World Series and follow up with another playoff race? We should be proud of the direction this team has gone and enjoy as the moves of the past all come fruition and manager Joe Maddon's portrait is seen by all. With what the Rays were doing a few years ago, ownership could be moving pieces like Pittsburgh. They could continue to complain about the lack of funding compared to the division. Instead, the new ownership has emptied their pockets, changed a losing image, hired the perfect manager for the job, and brough in STRATEGIC baseball minds. The Rays have retained pieces like Carl Crawford, BJ Upton, Evan Longoria, and they have added quality young players. Carlos Pena, Jason Bartlett, Matt Garza. They have thrived in the draft and have consistently carried tons of prospects in the minors. They have brought them up at good paces and the players have thrived. The team made some moves this offseason and no, Pat Burrell hasn't quite pan out YET, the team freed up some space by parting with longtime Franchise Face Scott Kazmir. The team didn't "give up" when they made the move, they made smart decision, yes, for the future, but realistically, the team DID have players they felt were ready. (How 'bout that Wade Davis!). Our lack of fan support may soon be the demise of a Tampa Bay Franchise and we may be rooting for our team from afar. I won't continue the dreaded "New Ballpark-Attendance" conversations, but the two go hand in hand. There are still games to be played and statistically the Rays are still in the playoff hunt, but realistically, with Carlos Pena's injury, it's time to watch some of the future players for next year, it's time to relieve some baseball arms, and it's time to take a moment to smile. We're here. We will continue to play above .500 baseballl. We will have All-Stars and we will be featured more on national television. We will wear our Rays gear and we will support our baseball team. As our counterparts know of so well, there's always next year.
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