If you have been hanging around these parts for a while, you know that the model for this site is to tell you what the Rays have done, what they are doing and try to project what they will do based on what we have learned. Think of RI as “Tampa Bay Rays 101.”
However, for the next 12 days we will step away from the standard, and we present to you 12 “presents” the Tampa Bay Rays should give to their fans. Looking back at last year’s 12 Days of Raysmas, we see that many of our wishes came true. Many did not. If we can get a couple of more this year, the Rays might just win it all.
Without further ado…
On the eleventh day of Raysmas, the Tampa Bay Rays gave to us, 11 POSTSEASON WINS…
Buster Olney of ESPN.com recently ranked the Rays as the number one team in his first power rankings for the 2012 season.
That’s crazy! Right?
Or is it? OK, we still need to see what the Rays do at first base and DH before we have any confidence in the offense.And you guys know us. We never feel good about anything.
But, here is the thing: on paper, the 2012 Tampa Bay Rays are the best incarnation yet. And if all the key players stay healthy. And if Andrew Friedman somehow duct tapes together another bullpen, and if the Rays can get some offense from 1B and DH, this team is going to be good. Really good.
This team is not ready to be the favorites to win the World Series. But they might be the best team in the AL East. And with this pitching staff, they are good enough to dominate in October.
We’re getting downright giddy for the 2012 season. Who is with us?