And this is why Tim Corcoran, despite his impressive numbers, is a longshot to make the rotation in 2007. When he has his best stuff, he will give the team 5 or 6 good innings. At some point in the 5th or 6th inning, things will start to unravel. And if he does not have his best stuff? A good team like the Yankees are going to hit him, and they are going to hit him hard. Also consider his age, 28 and the number of young starting pitchers, including Jason Hammel, that could potentially fill out the rotation and Corky’s spot in the rotation is more likely to be temporary than longterm. His role for 2007? If he is still with the Devil Rays next season, he most valuable role may be as a long reliever that can give you 2-3 strong innings as a change of pace guy, and as an occasional spot starter. This year’s team lacked that guy in the bullpen and every team needs one. On numerous occasions this season, the team needed to go to the minors to find a starter for an injured pitcher. On several occasions, the team was bringing up a guy that may not have been ready to face major league pitching. With a guy like Corcoran in the bullpen, it would give Joe Maddon another option.
- Hideki Matsui returned for the Yankees last night and had a Godzilla vs. Rodan performance. Of course some might say that he is still on a AAA rehab assignment
- Have we mentioned how nice it must be to be able to go out replace a player like Gary Sheffield with Bobby Abreu? We think Aaron Guiel would not have driven in 7 runs last night.
- Derek Jeter was removed from the game for a pinch-hitter despite having a 21-game hitting streak on the line. Well, it turns out the streak is intact.
- So…Is there anything good to say about last nights loss? Well, has anybody noticed that the Rays are only 2.5 games ahead of the Royals? The Rays are actually contending for the first pick in next year’s draft. And with the way the Rays have played on the road this season (worst record in the majors), there is a good chance that the Royals will surpass the Rays by the end of this roadtrip.
- The AA Montgomery Biscuits began play in the Southern League championship series last night. Before the game, the Devil Rays announced that they were extending their relationship with the Montgomery franchise for two years, through 2008.
- It is old news that the Devil Rays will have a new look in 2008, but now comes word that the team may keep the ‘Rays’ moniker and change ‘Tampa Bay’ to ‘Florida’. Apparently the Marlins have considered changing to the Miami Marlins. The Florida Rays? Please, tell me we can do better than that.
- Looks like the Devil Rays have overcome the final hurdle that will allow the team to move its Spring Training to Charlotte County.