Archive for August, 2008

  • [THE HANGOVER] Willy Aybar Has Stepped Up In Dirtbag’s Absence

    [THE HANGOVER] Willy Aybar Has Stepped Up In Dirtbag’s Absence

    August 20, 2008 at 10:35 am 5 comments

    THE GOOD: James Shields. Shields is the gamer in the Rays rotation. More than any of the other 4, Shields is able to overcome nights when he has less than his best stuff. Of course, he was aided by some stellar defense in the first couple of innings or else […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] Heath Rollins Continues To Pitch Well In AA

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] Heath Rollins Continues To Pitch Well In AA

    August 20, 2008 at 9:34 am 0 comments

    Louisville 9, Durham 8 (10). Mitch Talbot struck out 8, but walked 3 and was pulled after 6 innings with 102 pitches. He allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks…Fernando Perez was 3-5 with a triple and his 5th home run…Dan Johnson homered for the 22nd time and […]

     
  • [PAPA JOE MADDON] Criterion For Being A Good Manager: No High Draft Picks

    [PAPA JOE MADDON] Criterion For Being A Good Manager: No High Draft Picks

    August 19, 2008 at 2:15 pm 18 comments

    With the Rays in thick of their first playoff chase, we haven’t spent a lot of time contemplating whether Joe Maddon deserves the AL Manager of the Year award. But is going from worst to first and beating the two teams in the AL East that have won 6 of […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Rays Drop Magic Number To 33 Despite Upton’s Mental Mistake

    [THE HANGOVER] Rays Drop Magic Number To 33 Despite Upton’s Mental Mistake

    August 19, 2008 at 11:06 am 1 comment

    THE GOOD: Andy Sonnanstine. All The Duke does is win, improving to 13-6 on the season. Show of hands: Who thought Sonny would be leading the Rays in wins in the middle of August? Put your damn hands down. Of course, Duke did his best Scott Kazmir impersonation last night, […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] Price Struggles With Control In Second AAA Start

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] Price Struggles With Control In Second AAA Start

    August 19, 2008 at 7:54 am 0 comments

    Indianapolis 9, Durham 8. David Price made his second triple-A start, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) in 5 innings. He struck out 3 and walked 4. He added a wild pitch. He left with a 5-3 lead, but Dale Thayer gave up 5 runs in 1 inning of work…After regaining […]

     
  • [THE ARCHIVES] One Year Ago On Rays Index

    [THE ARCHIVES] One Year Ago On Rays Index

    August 18, 2008 at 7:41 pm 0 comments

    One year ago on Rays Index, we learned that James Houser had been suspended for 50 games by Minor League Baseball. Of course, a loophole in baseball’s rules allowed Houser to only serve 33 games of that suspension when he was added to the Rays’ 40-man roster this past spring. […]

     
  • [SHOWER-SHOE FUNGUS] Playing A Little Pepper: Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim Near Disneyland

    [SHOWER-SHOE FUNGUS] Playing A Little Pepper: Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim Near Disneyland

    August 18, 2008 at 3:30 pm 1 comment

    FIRST INNINGA look back…On Friday night, BJ Upton was pulled unceremoniously from the lineup in the 6th inning and then benched on Saturday for not running hard…With the Rays in the middle of a pennant-chase, was the move prudent and was it justified? We have tried to stay mum on […]

     
  • [RI CONFIDENCE GRAPH] The Tampa Bay Rays Confidence Survey

    [RI CONFIDENCE GRAPH] The Tampa Bay Rays Confidence Survey

    August 18, 2008 at 11:37 am 1 comment

    Last week’s Rays Confidence Graph results. Below you will see two polls that ask about your confidence in the Tampa Bay Rays. Please take a moment to answer each question. We will present these same polls every Monday. The results will be presented in graphical form on Wednesday, and will […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Joe Maddon Genuflects To Babe Ruth Josh Hamilton

    [THE HANGOVER] Joe Maddon Genuflects To Babe Ruth Josh Hamilton

    August 18, 2008 at 10:00 am 12 comments

    THE GOOD: Carlos Pena continues his torrid pace, hitting another home run, his 25th and 10th in last 22 games…BJ Upton returned to the lineup and took out his frustrations on the Rangers, hitting a line drive double down the left field line and following later with a home run […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] Wade Townsend Starting To Throw Well Once Again

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] Wade Townsend Starting To Throw Well Once Again

    August 18, 2008 at 8:59 am 2 comments

    Indianapolis 12, Durham 5. Ben Hendrickson got pounded for 11 runs on 13 hits and 1 walk in 3.2 innings…Dan Johnson was 1-3 with a walk and a 3-run home run, his 21st…Jon Weber drove in a pair with a double. Montgomery (off-day) Vero Beach 2, Palm Beach 1. Wade […]