Devil Rays 10, Yankees 8.
We love winnin’…it’s like better than losin’. The 2007 incarnation of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays are going to be the death of us. The Rays beat the Yankees and in the process were involved in their 612th straight game decided by 2 runs or less. As usual, the offense was great with 6 different Devil Rays collecting at least 2 hits. And as usual, the pitching was shaky. Casey Fossum got the win despite giving up 6 runs in 5.2 innings. Brian Stokes was the lone pitching bright spot as he jumped right back on the horse after blowing the save opportunity on Sunday. After Juan Salas walked the only two batters he faced in the 8th, Stokes came on and retired the side. Al Reyes close out the win despite giving up A-Rod’s second home run of the game. We love the wins…but we are already cringing in anticipation of the next debilitating loss.
- These Rays DO come with a warning. Do not root for them if you are pregnant or have a pre-existing heart condition.
- First it was BJ Upton imitating Chone Figgans. Now Chone Figgans is worried about imitating BJ Upton. That’s not good. Figgans is returning from fractured bones in the fingers of his throwing hand and will begin a rehab assignment this week. His biggest concern will be the accuracy of his throws.
- Poor Yankees fans…not such big fans of the cowbells.
- Joe Maddon hesitates to use Al Reyes in back-to-back games. There was no way Papa Joe was going to use Reyes in 3 straight on Sunday.
- Ty Wigginton’s hot starts as a member of the Devil Rays is not a coincidence. It is due to a different approach he has learned to take in spring training and early in the season in which he will force himself to take more pitches than usual.
- You will never see any Fantasy baseball analysis on this site. There are a million other places you can get that, and we don’t read any of it. However, Roto Authority has a nice analysis of James Shields. They like him so much they actually analyze Shields two times. The consensus is that Shields has added a few inches to his fastball and his changeup is now even more devastating, with a 38% swing-and-miss rate.