Thank god for Delmon Young. We don’t want to imply that there is nothing to talk about with this team. Quite the contrary, there are still plenty of storylines. It’s just that most of them are bad, and well, we are starting to have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms from our formative years in the mid to late-80s as a Buccaneers fan. Of course, after two weeks of the NFL season, we are beginning to wonder aloud if the Devil Rays are in fact the best professional sports team in the Tampa area right now. Well at least they have the best offense of the Tampa teams. Bea Arthur scores more often than the Chris Simms led offense. And its a good thing Simms isn’t a pitcher, or he would lead the league in opposing players hit. Well, the Rays went into Toronto this weekend after being swept by the Yankees in New York and proceeded to get swept on the road again. We are going to give you some numbers that are quite disturbing, so if you have a weak heart, we strongly suggest you turn your head away…The Rays are now a league worst 19-56 on the road, 5.5 games behind the next worst road record (Kansas City) including 2-29 since the All-Star break. The Rays have been swept 9 times on the road this season, including 7 times since the break.
Still there are reasons to go to the games and reasons to pay attention when the game is on TV. Some are already talking about the Devil Rays possessing the best outfield in baseball. We all know the outstanding play of Carl Crawford, but reason number one is Delmon Young. Young has played in 18 games since being called up and is hitting .400-3-10 with 2 stolen bases. In those 18 games he has 10 multi-hit games including all three games against the Blue Jays this past weekend. He has only been held hitless two times and has an 11-game hitting streak overall. Another bright spot has been the resurgence of Rocco Baldelli who continues to shine as a leadoff hitter. And there have been other reasons to feel optimism even it has been lost on a team heading towards 100 losses. You might also need a mickey mouse decoder, but the signs are there….Maybe.
- B. J. Upton continues to struggle at third base.
- Edwin Jackson is OK after being hit in the head by a line drive this weekend.
- The bullpen still makes us want to hurt a stuffed animal.