Archive for April, 2011

  • Interview: Joe Maddon On Pushing Pitchers And Learning From Herzog

    Interview: Joe Maddon On Pushing Pitchers And Learning From Herzog

    April 25, 2011 at 9:30 am 31 comments

    Last week prior to Wednesday’s White Sox game at The Trop, RayIndex got a chance to ask Rays manager Joe Maddon a few questions. RaysIndex: Your starting pitchers are second in the big leagues in innings pitched. Do you dismiss that because it’s still April or are you concerned because […]

     
  • Maddon: Bautista Reminiscent Of Barry Bonds

    April 25, 2011 at 9:00 am 5 comments

    After Jose Bautista hit a home run on Friday, and then two home runs off of David Price on Saturday, Joe Maddon had an interesting comment. He invoked the one name that Bautista and the Blue Jays probably don’t want to hear: Barry Bonds… “He’s very reminiscent of Barry Bonds in 2002,” Rays […]

     
  • No Longer The Ace, James Shields Now Pitching Like One

    No Longer The Ace, James Shields Now Pitching Like One

    April 25, 2011 at 8:00 am 8 comments

    Yesterday, James Shields tossed his second-consecutive complete game, this one a 4-hit shutout of the Blue Jays. And now, one season after posting a 5.18 ERA (although he really wasn’t that bad), Shields looks as good as ever. But can he keep it up? To answer that, let’s take a […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Zorilla Power, Shields’ Dominance, And Dirtbag Getting Closer

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Zorilla Power, Shields’ Dominance, And Dirtbag Getting Closer

    April 25, 2011 at 6:26 am 2 comments

    The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. click above image for boxscore THE GOOD: James Shields. If he keeps this up, we might have to stop calling him “Big Blast” James. Shields tossed […]

     
  • Postgame Shot Of Joe: The Return of Big Game Shields

    Postgame Shot Of Joe: The Return of Big Game Shields

    April 24, 2011 at 2:30 pm 4 comments

    Wow. Joe never expected Jeff Niemann to lay a big Easter egg thus far this season. And frankly, Joe never expected the return of Big Game Shields. If Big Game Shields continues to pitch like he has lately, we can all put his old nasty moniker away. Last year, Shields […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Damon’s Big At Bats, Price’s Big Arm, And Bautista’s Comfort

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Damon’s Big At Bats, Price’s Big Arm, And Bautista’s Comfort

    April 24, 2011 at 9:54 am 5 comments

    The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. click above image for boxscore THE GOOD: Johnny Damon. His 2-run home run in the 1st put the Rays in control in the first. Also important […]

     
  • Postgame Shot Of Joe: Cream Rises To The Top

    Postgame Shot Of Joe: Cream Rises To The Top

    April 23, 2011 at 3:23 pm 5 comments

    Well, it was a little too close for comfort, but the reason Joe loves the Rays this year shined in this game. * Ace David Price continued his dominance over the Jays, throwing a strong eight innings (Joe will try to forget that ninth inning… with the help of some […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Felipe’s Rough Night, Lil’ Sammy, And Dirtbag’s Travel Plans

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Felipe’s Rough Night, Lil’ Sammy, And Dirtbag’s Travel Plans

    April 23, 2011 at 8:12 am 5 comments

    The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. click above image for boxscore THE GOOD: Lil Sammy Fuld. Another 3-hit night for Fuld. That is 4 on the season. Only Prince Fielder (5) and […]

     
  • Postgame Shot Of Joe: Triple-A Night In The Field

    Postgame Shot Of Joe: Triple-A Night In The Field

    April 22, 2011 at 10:23 pm 6 comments

    Just miserable stuff for anyone who invested the nearly four hours into tonight’s extra-inning choke job in Toronto. At least the Sam Fuld show kept up the entertainment value. You just knew Sean Rodriguez dropping a perfect pickoff throw at second base in the seventh inning was trouble, combined with […]

     
  • Gallery: Michael Cuddyer’s View Of The Trop

    April 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm 4 comments

    Last week, when the Twins were in town, Michael Cuddyer took some pics in some parts of the Trop that most of us will never visit. Below are some of those pics, which includes shots from the visitors locker room and from the catwalks. While we have seen other pictures […]