What a Crazy Season (so far…)!

So you may know that I am in the midst–actually the very very early stages–of raising a son.

Who knew it would be so tough!?

Ok, most of you parents knew.  I didn’t.

No, this isn’t a post about my kid.  This is more of a reflection of how the first quarter of this season has gone for my Rays.

I haven’t been able to post as much as I have the last few years, which has been tough to stomach.  Luckily, my excuse is pretty solid.  But now that I come back to put up a post I see that we have switched over to WordPress and everything seems to have changed!

Awesome!

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What I’m really happy about is the fact that I can sit here and type as a fan of the #1 team in the AL East!

(At least until the Boston/Chicago game is over)

Did anybody actuallly think that the Rays would be sitting atop the toughest division in baseball at this point in the season?  I didn’t, and I LOVE these guys.

The question marks heading into the season have been less of an issue than I thought they would.

BULLPEN

The Rays have one of the strongest bullpens in the entire league, yet you would be hardpressed to name more than 2 guys in it.

Yeomen such as Joel Peralta, Kyle Farnsworth, Cesar Ramos, and Juan Cruz have all conspired to make many fans and experts look like fools for thinking that the loss of EVERYBODY from last year’s ‘pen was going to be the beginning of the Rays’ demise before the season saw its first pitch.

Ha!

Instead, this group of guys has rarely had a bad outing and is among the league leaders in Bullpen ERA. 

LINEUP

I can’t say that the Rays lineup has been the murderer’s row it has been the last few season.  But they ain’t that bad.

And, bear in mind, that they have played almost the entire season without the services of the best 3rd baseman in the league: Evan Longoria!  Even when he has been in the lineup, he hasn’t been himself.  At last check, he was hitting just .220 with only a couple of dingers.  He is NOT himself right now.

But the Rays keep winning.

I won’t talk about the joke of a baseball player who quit on himself, his fans, his team, and his sport in the early stages of the year.

Instead, I’ll mention the work done by guys like Elliot Johnson, Johnny Damon, Casey Kotchman, Matt Joyce, and “Super” Sam Fuld.  Each one has had a huge hit this season at one point or another, and the Rays would not have their 25 win total without any one of those guys. 

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I do not know what the rest of the season holds. 

Who knows?  We all might be blogging with some sort of holographic device before October hits.

What I do know is that these Tampa Bay Rays have laid it all on the line so far, and there is no indication their success will end any time soon.

Wow, what a season!

2 Comments

Welcome back!
Your Rays have recovered nicely from a slow start to the season…and I am so glad to see them sitting atop of that division! Especially with the drama surrounding Manny at the start of the season, then Longoria being out, and everything…
I’ve caught a couple of their games (vs the ChiSox and Indians) and Sam Fuld seems like he’s always making plays in the OF (…but maybe I’m just lucky enough to catch him making those plays) It’s pretty cool that they’ve been able to keep up with the next-guy-in mentality and set the pace in the AL East…hope they can keep it up!
~AZ
http://azinneck.mlblogs.com

The Rays have been very impressive lately. I’m happy to see Joyce having such a great season. They sure are making things interesting in baseball toughest division.
Raising kids is the hardest thing you’ll ever do, but it’s also the most rewarding. I’m sure we’ll get to see the pics from his first ball game.
–Mike
‘Minoring In Baseball’

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