THE GOOD: Leslie Anderson. Two more hits for Anderson, who is now 7-13 early on. Of course, this is only going to make the Anderson fans that much louder. But in reality, Anderson is just like the back-up quarterback. He looks great in the preseason. And when things go bad with the starter, Anderson is going to look great over there on the sideline holding that clipboard. But there are reasons Anderson hasn’t gotten a shot yet. If he has improved, that’s great. But at this point, he is nothing more than a fire extinguisher with a sign on his locker that reads “In Case Of Emergency Break Glass”…Evan Longoria. On the other hand, two more hits for Longoria is something to get excited about…James Loney. Loney was 1-2 and is now 3-9 in the spring. I bring this up because we are all assuming the first base job is his. But Shelley Duncan (2-9) is getting almost as much playing time at first base early on. Is this a competition? Are the Rays just trying to see if Duncan is worth keeping around? Are we heading towards a platoon? This is definitely something to keep a closer eye on.
THE BAD: Sean Rodriguez. If Shelley Duncan is a legit threat to make this team, Sean Rodriguez should probably be worried as his right-handed bat would suddenly become even less important. And so far, Hot Rod is 0-9 with 3 Ks, no walks, and was given yesterday off. Was it a scheduled day off, or did he already need a day to clear his head from pushing too hard?
THE TELLING: The entire Rays bullpen will make approx. $11 million this season. That is less than Rafael Soriano ($14M) and Jonathan Papelbon ($13M)... Jonny Gomes, who signed a 2-year, $10 million contract with the Red Sox this winter, hit 21 home runs as rookie with the Devil Rays in 2005. That is still his career-high.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Joe Maddon sat down with Tim Kurkjian of ESPN to discuss a number of topics (see video below). But maybe the best quote of the 6 minute clip is when Maddon is discussing Wil Myers: “He hasn’t read a book since high school, so we’re gonna change that.”
- If you are looking for a Ray of Hope that might keep David Price with the Rays long-term, there is this quote from Price: “I hear we have a new TV deal coming up…Hopefully, there’s a new stadium in the works. And that all increases revenues. So I know there’s a way. There absolutely is a way. So if we can figure that way out, that would be great.” The problem is, it is unlikely that any of that is resolved in time to keep Price here. But if you are looking for a straw to grasp, that’s it. [ESPN]
- How in the world did the Padres have an archery competition before the Rays? [LobShots]
- David Price’s drink of choice from Starbucks is apparently a Venti Iced Caramel Macchiato, No-Whip, Extra Caramel. I have no idea what that means, but it comes from a post on SportsOnEarth in which Price discusses his new-found fame. [SportsOnEarth]
- Fernando Rodney spoke with the Washington Post about trying to replicate his incredible 2012 season. [Washington Post]
- Wil Myers is just one of the top prospects in baseball that won’t start the season in the big leagues. [BaseballNewsSource]