What’s happened to the Rays?

by thoughtfulconservative

I think someone’s substituted the past 10 years Devil Rays for this years Rays.

Gary Shelton summed it up,

It is a team that has been defined by the way it has beaten the odds against it. It is a team that will be remembered for the way it has overcome the obstacles in front of it.

Never, however, has the deck been stacked so severely against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Rays are in trouble.

It reminds me of the 1966 series. Everyone bragged on the Dodgers pitching and it was the Orioles who outpitched them.

No hitting (since they lost game 5 of the ALCS, the Rays have averaged less than 3 runs per game and are 2-4), spotty pitching, and defensive lapses have led the Rays to the brink of losing the Series.

And they face Hamels tonight.

And can I just add that RISP (hits when runners are in scoring position) is overrated?

Oo, boy.

But even if they lose tonight, the Rays and their fans should be proud of the team. Two hundred to one longshots at the beginning of the year, every major league team now takes this young team seriously.

Here’s the lineup for tonight:

Iwamura, 2b
Crawford, lf
Upton, cf
Pena, 1b
Longoria, 3b
Navarro, c
Baldelli, rf
Bartlett, ss
Kazmir, p

Baldelli in for Zobrist and moving Crawford up in the order are the major changes.

Here are some interesting links:

Top 10 Rays victories

10 moves that turned it around

Rays trivia quiz

Phillies ties land Clearwater in hot water with Tampa Bay Rays fans (Note: Clearwater is where I grew up and where the Phillies have had Spring Training for 60 years. They have an A-ball team in the Florida State League at Clearwater–the Threshers.)

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