2008 Tampa Bay Rays year in review

by thoughtfulconservative

Rays Index takes a look at 2008, the year in which Tampa Bay not only reached the .500 mark but won the AL East and AL crowns.

Might as well enjoy it, the way the Yankees are loading up.

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3 Comments to “2008 Tampa Bay Rays year in review”

  1. I’m a Yankees fan, but I still think they’re not quite the class of the American League East yet. The Rays still have some formidable starting pitching, and a lot will depend on how the guys behind C.C. Sabathia perform. I could easily see A.J. Burnett ending up as another Carl Pavano-type bust for the Yankees, and while Chien-Ming Wang will probably bounce back nicely for the Yankees, they still need a prove fifth starter.

    The team’s offense and bullpen will be fine, but the Yankees’ season will live or die by the performance of their starting pitching.

  2. The uncertainties of the beginning of the year. The Rays pitching may hold up and with Price in the mix may be even better. Or they could get a couple of injuries and fall back to last. Will Longoria suffer the sophomore slump? Do the other hitters come back with good years?

    And the same thing could happen to any club. I’m not sure Sabathia follows up on the second half of last year. But maybe he just wanted out of Cleveland. How does Chamberlain rebound? Rivera?

    Boston may take it. Or Toronto? What a division to be in!

  3. The year turned out better than I thought it would. Hopefully next year ends up better.

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