Jays 9, RAYS 6 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Offense. If the Rays have a real concern moving forward it is the offense. You gotta figure the pitching will get better as it continues to get healthier. And with 6 more runs and 12 more hits yesterday the offense looks better…Sean Rodriguez. Rodriguez is in a weird spot. He is doing what is asked and he is doing it well. Part of that is that Joe Maddon is putting him in spots where he can maximize his effectiveness. Putting him in more spots than that may expose the holes we have seen in the past. But at the same time, Hot Rod is hitting over .300 with 9 extra-base hits and a .965 OPS in May (50 plate appearances). Maddon may have to see if Rodriguez can remain hot in more spots.
THE BAD: This looks bad. The Blue Jays looks like the real deal. And yes, all teams in the AL East look like this at certain points in the season, including the Rays. But the Blue Jays are so deep offensively. They lead the AL with 76 homes runs. No other team has more than 58. They also lead the AL with a .345 wOBA (kinda like OBP but a better indicator of all-around hitting). The Tigers are second at .331. On the other hand, the Rays are 13th in the AL with a .309 wOBA, ahead of only the Mariners and Royals. Meanwhile, the Jays’ pitching isn’t great. But if the offense keeps clicking it won’t need to be until the playoffs. But by that point it will be too late for the Rays.
THE TELLING: Alex Cobb took a line drive off his heiny but appeared to be OK and stayed in the game. Jose Reyes did apologize from first base…Wil Myers appeared to injure his hand on a sac fly in the 8th inning but did remain in the game…The Rays have signed pitcher Casey Weathers to a minor league contract. He was the 8th pick in the 2007 draft but has never been above double-A…Ryan Hanigan will take today off. With tomorrow’s off-day he will see if he can get his hamstring healed. If it is not better by Friday, he could be headed to the DL. Also, despite missing his rehab game because he was sick, Ben Zobrist may still rejoin the Rays on Friday…Evan Longoria is second in All-Star voting for third baseman. He trails only Josh Donaldson of the A’s who is having an MVP-like season.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- A review of a new book on life at the Durham Bulls ballpark. Sounds like a must-read for any fan of minor league baseball. [Watching Durham Bulls Baseball]
- Photos from Bucs OTAs. [JoeBucsFan]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Enny Romero gave up 8 runs and was pulled before he could get out of the 2nd inning. Mikie Mahtook went 2-4 and is now hitting .322. Wilson Betemit hit his 10th home run and Justin Christian added his 4th…Montgomery was swept in a double-header with second baseman Ryan Brett hitting his 3rd home run.