Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tampa Bay Rays: Life After Death

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First of all, my apologies to the Tampa Bay Rays and the entire Rays Nation. Like many, I threw the Rays under the bus (in an earlier post - The Rays Need A Lifeboat) and left them for dead. The Rays who began the season 0-6 and then 1-8 have made a turnaround of historical proportions, leaving me and many others with egg on our faces.

Today, the Rays are at .500 with a 9-9 record after that horrific start. In fact, they became only the 2nd team in the modern era (since 1900) to begin a season 0-6 and fight their way back to .500 within the month of April. The 1991 Seattle Mariners are the only other team to do so. This is a remarkable accomplishment considering we are talking about 111 years of baseball and it's only been done twice.

The Rays are doing it textbook style with clutch hitting and superb pitching. The ageless Johnny Damon leads the team with 13 RBIs and had a span of 5 consecutive game-winning RBIs. Sam Fuld (.344 BA) and Matt Joyce (.321 BA) are providing the lumber as the Rays wait for B.J. Upton's bat to warm up. Their starting pitching has been great (as of late) as Wade Davis, David Price and James Shields are a combined 5-0 in their last 6 starts. The Rays as a team have won all 6 of their starts. It also seems like they have found a reliable closer in veteran Kyle Farnsworth who has 4 SAVES and 0 BLOWN SAVES thus far.

It's hard to say for how long this hot streak will continue as there's still a lot of baseball to be played but for now the Rays deserve their PROPS for turning things around in a hurry. Good work!

Manny (Being Manny) Ramirez where u at????

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