Yankees 3, RAYS 1 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Alex Cobb. One reason the Rays could afford to trade James Shields is because some think Cobb can be Shields at a much lower cost. And we are starting to see how dominant he can be this spring. While the Yankees didn’t have their A-lineup, Cobb was still impressive, throwing 5 shutout innings, allowing just 2 hits and no walks, striking out 6. And so far this spring, Cobb has struck out 18 and walked just 1 in 14 innings. Don’t be surprised if Cobb is the Rays second-best pitcher this season.
THE BAD: World Baseball Classic. Fernando Rodney picked up his 3rd save and looked impressive, reaching 98 on the park gun in the second round of the WBC. But he has also pitched in all four games for the Dominican Republic so far. Most of the Rays relievers have pitched in 5 games. But they have done that over 18 days. Rodney has pitched four games in six days. That’s a lot of work at max effort this early in the season.
THE TELLING: In the least surprising development of the spring, David Price will be the opening day starter.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- An AL scout told Jon Heyman that Jeff Niemann “hasn’t looked great.” [Jon Heyman]
- Is the Tampa Bay Times being hypocritical when it comes to paying for a new Rays stadium? [Shadow of the Stadium]
- Oh boy. A state senator told the Tampa Tribune that “15 years ago every MLB team held its spring training in Florida.” And the Tribune believed him. [Shadow of the Stadium]
- The Bucs made an offer for Darrelle Revis. The Jets turned it down. [JoeBucsFan]