Angels 9, Devil Rays 1.
Don’t blame us. We said we wouldn’t be surprised if the Rays lost 10-1….We are never apologists for starting pitchers. We hate it when somebody says a pitcher threw a great game but just “made a couple of mistakes.” It is the biggest gop-out in baseball. Winning pitchers don’t make mistakes when the game is on the line. That being said, last night was the second time in the past week that a Devil Rays pitcher deserved a better fate. Edwin Jackson didn’t have his best stuff, but he battled all night and was betrayed by sloppy defense. He did give up 8 hits in 6+ innings, but he only gave up 1 walk. The Rays committed three errors, including BJ Upton’s 6th. With 2 outs in the 5th inning, two runners on in a scoreless game, Upton made a great stop of a groundball up the middle but threw wide to first. By the time the inning was over, the Rays had committed 2 errors and were down 3-0 and the game was over.
- Why was the second Rays-Yankees game a night game, on get-away day, before a west coast trip? We understand trying to maximize the attendance, but it was the Yankees and it would have still been a good crowd. So for an extra 5,000 fannies in the seats on Tuesday, the front office may have sacrificed a game on wednesday.
- Jorge Cantu is just as comfortable at first as he is at second base (uh oh) and he says it is because, they are the same side of the infield. Pure genius.
- Jorge Cantu was not called up to play everyday and will have to make the most of the little playing time he receives if he has any hopes of being traded.
- The upcoming series with the Rangers in Orlando may not sellout.
- Ty Wigginton on the other hand is a chameleon when it comes to infield positions and should make a smooth and quick transition to being the most-days third baseman.
- Brendan Harris now appears to be the starting shortstop. We thought this could happen, but didn’t think it would happen so quickly.
- Has BJ Upton done enough to reestablish himself as one of the games up and coming stars? Too early to tell, but he is off to a good start.
- Tonight’s starter Jae Seo has given up more runs than any other pitcher in baseball (24).