Today’s the day. It’s the return of Evan Longoria. Does that “restore hope” for you, as Martin Fennelly writes forTBO.com?
On the one hand, there has to be a psychological lift for both the team and the fanbase. But there are also reasons to wonder if Longo’s return will help the insufferable offense.
We already knew Longoria was going to be less than 100%. And several people in Durham, including some in the comments here, say Longoria looked well below 100% and that he was “laboring.” Of course, he was there to get his timing back, not necessarily to go all-out. So we’ll have to wait and see.
Also consider that Longo will not be replacing Brooks Conrad or Ryan Roberts. He will be replacing Luke Scott, as the team’s DH. And outside of that one O-for-forever, Scott has been one of the Rays’ better bats this season.
Will Longoria be better than Scott? Probably. But will that improvement be enough to make the Rays a Wild Card favorite? That seems unlikely.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Joe Maddon says he will get a tattoo if the Rays reach the World Series. [Larry Brown Sports]
- Fernando Rodney was voted as the top closer in baseball by a survey of managers. [TampaBay.com]
- Once again, the playoffs start for the Rays earlier than most teams. [BRAYSBALL TALK]
- Joe Bucs Fan spoke with Peter King about the Bucs. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 4, Columbus 1. Lance Pendleton gave up 1 run in 6 innings on 3 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 7…3B Brooks Conrad went 2-3 with his first home runs since being demoted…SS Tim Beckham went 2-4 and is hitting .257.
Jacksonville 11, MONTGOMERY 7. SS Hak-Ju Lee went 1-5 with 4 strikeouts. He’s hitting .267…RF Mikie Mahtook went 1-5 with an RBI and his 2nd stolen base since being promoted…SS Derek Dietrichhit his 2nd home run since being promoted, but also committed his 2nd error.
CHARLOTTE. no game scheduled
BOWLING GREEN 7, Fort Wayne 4. Jake Floethe allowed 2 runs (1 earned) in 6 innings. He struck out 6 and walked none…RF Drew Vettleson hit his 12th home run…C Alejandro Segovia went 3-5, raising his average to .292.
HUDSON VALLEY 4, Jamestown 2. CF Joey Rickard went 1-4 with a double. He’s hitting .341.
PRINCETON 9, Kingsport 1. Blake Snell allowed no runs for the 7th time in 10 starts, working 5 innings, and giving up just 2 hits and 1 walk, striking out 5.