Miami 4, RAYS 2 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Everybody is OK. If you missed it yesterday, or the update, Desmond Jennings and BJ Upton had a nasty collision chasing a flyball. There will be another update later today, but it sounds like everybody was OK, with only Upton needing a couple of days off due to soreness.Although, to be fair, “soreness” often ends up being 2 weeks on the sideline for the overly cautious Rays.
THE BAD: Offensive. The Rays batters had 7 hits and 1 walk. But the walk and 4 of the hits came in the 9th inning when the Rays scored their only 2 runs…Jeremy Hellickson. Hellboy cruised through his first 2 innings, giving up just a single in the second inning and striking out 2 in the first. But then he allowed a leadoff home run in the third, and then got unlucky in the fourth when the above-mentioned flyball turned in to an inside-the-park home run.
THE TELLING: In the last 5 years, only 2 non-roster invitee position players have made the Rays opening day roster (Carlos Pena, Erik Hinske). However, Jesus Feliciano, Brad Coon, Chris Gimenez, and Will Rhymes are all receiving a LOT of playing time early in the spring which suggests Joe Maddon is leaving the door open…
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- The Rays will be shaving their heads today. And the first 15 fans to donate $100 can also get a haircut. [TBO.com]
- Robinson Chirinos suffered a concussion after being hit in the mask with a foul ball. Chirinos will be sidelined for the time being. [TampaBay.com]
- Jeremy Hellickson argues that his low BABIP is by design and not a factor of being lucky. We have argued in the past that some guys (e.g. Mariano Rivera) are able to pitch to weak contact and lower BABIPs. Can Hellboy consistently be one of those pitchers? We’ll have to wait and see. [TampaBay.com]
- Do you think the Rays will win more than 86.5 games? [TobyDavid.com]
- The Marlins have a theme song, and while we didn’t listen to the entire thing, we heard enough “Go Fish” to know it was horrible. [YouTube]
- The Bucs let go Jeff Faine yesterday. [JoeBucsFan]