Devil Rays 6, Blue Jays 2.
Thank you Mr. Friedman. Thank you. It’s not the ’96 Yankees or the ’02 Angels or the ’06 Tigers. Hell, it is still not even the ’06 Pirates. But for the first time in two years, it is not the Long Island Ducks either.
So this is what a major league bullpen looks like? We had heard rumors. Apparently there are teams in this league with bullpens that don’t give up 4 runs every night. Apparently other teams have relief pitchers that don’t allow inherited runners to score on a consistent basis. We had heard rumors and now we get to see it with our own eyes.
For the first time in recent memory. Hell, for the first time in our long-term memory, the Devil Rays bullpen dominated a series. The Rays won two of three for the Jays in which the bullpen combined to throw 13.1 innings, allowing 8 hits, 5 walks while striking out 11. But the most important stat was 1. As in 1 run in three games. In the first 4 months of the season, most Devil Rays pitchers allowed a run just walking in from the bullpen.
Thank you Mr. Friedman. There is still work to be done, but we can see the difference already and it is more than the bullpen. The players look more confident. They look like they are having fun again.
Now if we could get a dependable veteran arm in the rotation next season and maybe, just maybe…nah. nevermind. Baby steps.
DEVIL RAYS WEBTOPIA…
- Jason Hammel was pulled from the game after throwing 3 pitches in the 4th inning. It was originally termed shoulder tightness, and now looks like tendinitis. Hammel hopes to not miss a start. [Devil Rays]
- David Gassko of The Hardball Times analyzes all of the trades from this past weekend and gushes over the deals that Andrew Friedman was able to pull off [The Hardball Times]
[On the acquisition of Dan Wheeler] And the Devil Rays make another spectacular acquisition for their bullpen! Andrew Friedman is quickly moving up the ranks as one of the smartest baseball executives around. Wheeler’s 5.07 ERA this season is deceiving: His xFIP is a solid 3.56, which is in line (actually, a little better) with his xFIPs the previous two seasons.
- It has been a long and winding road for Carlos Pena but he appears to have found a home. [USA Today]
- Raul Cassanova cleared waivers and was outrighted to Durham.