- Jae Seo looked strong with four shutout innings of 1-hit ball in the Rays loss. Seth McClung’s hopes for claiming the closer’s role took a big hit allowing five runs in one inning. The offense? Two hits! Both came in the seventh inning.
- Everyone in the organization has been saying the same thing. “We are not concerned with the record”. The latest was owner Stuart Sternberg. We agree that Spring records mean little, but when the team’s wins and losses are this extreme, you should be a little concerned. Players can easily begin to press and panic, when they should just be working on mechanics.
- Rays fans can take solace in the idea that so far the pitching hasn’t been that bad. We know this team can hit. and the offense should come around.
- Papa Joe Maddon would be less comfortable if the team was 14-1 and the players were feeling a little too good about their game.
- Jae Seo is throwing harder this Spring and he has added a new pitch.
- We are not gambling people, but there is one line that interests us. The over/under for team wins. The Rays number is 65. The only team with a smaller number is the Washington Nationals at 64. Remember, the line is considering that the Rays have to play the Red Sox, the Yankees, and the Jay 19 times each. Trying to be realistic about it, we think the number is a little low. We would probably put our own over/under number at 68.
- When the Rays sent Aubrey Huff to the Astros last year, many thought that Mitch Talbot was a throw-in. Andrew Friedman insisted he would not have made the deal without Talbot. Friedman is looking like a genius. He was optioned to AAA Durham on Tuesday but don’t be surprised if he is one fifth of the Rays rotation after the All-Star break.