01. Players

  • [THEO EPSTEIN] Theo Epstein Knows Little About Why Rays Are Winning

    [THEO EPSTEIN] Theo Epstein Knows Little About Why Rays Are Winning

    June 28, 2008 at 2:51 pm 5 comments

    Red Sox GM Theo Epstein appeared on Cal Ripken’s XM Radio show, Ripken Baseball. Epstein was asked about the sudden surge of the Tampa Bay Rays. “Obviously they’ve been picking at the top part of the draft for the better part of a decade now and they haven’t missed with […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Rays Are Riding Red Hot Bats Of Longoria And Crawford

    [THE HANGOVER] Rays Are Riding Red Hot Bats Of Longoria And Crawford

    June 28, 2008 at 10:37 am 7 comments

    THE GOOD: Evan Longoria and Carl Crawford are red hot. Last night they combined for 7-10 with a double, 2 home runs and 4 RBI. For CC, it was his 6th multi-hit game in his last 8 and 3rd home run in the last 3 games. For Dirtbag, he is […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Garza 1-Hits The Marlins

    [THE HANGOVER] Garza 1-Hits The Marlins

    June 27, 2008 at 10:17 am 2 comments

    THE GOOD: Matt Garza. Nothing we can write will give justice to just how dominating Garza was yesterday. 108 pitches, 76 for strikes. 1 hit, 1 walk. Faced only 1 over the minimum. 7 1-2-3 innings. Garza was strike-one to 19 of 28 batters (68%). On his bad days, that […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] McGee To Have Tommy John Surgery; Price And Beckham Make Debuts

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] McGee To Have Tommy John Surgery; Price And Beckham Make Debuts

    June 27, 2008 at 7:41 am 3 comments

    Lehigh Valley 10, Durham 8. Yikes. Chris Mason got pounded for 10 runs on 13 hits and a walk in 3.2 innings. The 13 hits included 3 doubles and 2 home runs…Jon Weber went 4-5 with his 9th home run…Elliot Johnson was 1-3 with a bases-clearing triple in the 5-run […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Carl Crawford Is Starting To Look Familiar

    [THE HANGOVER] Carl Crawford Is Starting To Look Familiar

    June 26, 2008 at 10:21 am 0 comments

    THE GOOD: The extra-base hits are coming more frequently for Carl Crawford. Last night CC drove in 5 with a pair of home runs. He has 5 extra-base hits in his last 7 games after only having 1 in the 10 previous games. He also has 6 multi-hit games in […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] Tim Beckham To Debut Tonight

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] Tim Beckham To Debut Tonight

    June 26, 2008 at 7:50 am 6 comments

    Lehigh Valley 4, Durham 3. Ben Hendrickson gave up a single unearned run in 7 innings…Elliot Johnson hit his 4th home run and drove in 2. Mobile 6, Montgomery 4. James Houser gave up 6 runs in 4 innings…Chris Nowak drove in 3 of the runs on 1-3 hitting. Vero […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Marlins Giftwrap The Rays 45th Win

    [THE HANGOVER] Marlins Giftwrap The Rays 45th Win

    June 25, 2008 at 10:35 am 6 comments

    THE GOOD: Aki Iwamura’s 2-run home run in the 3rd. How did that get out of the park? That looked like a lazy flyball off the bat. In fact, it was Aki’s 200th career home run…The Top of the 8th could very easily fall in the bad category if not […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Benny Boo Boo Is Back From Durham

    [THE HANGOVER] Benny Boo Boo Is Back From Durham

    June 24, 2008 at 10:08 am 9 comments

    THE GOOD: The Red Sox lost to the D-Backs so the Rays pulled within 1 game of the AL East and are actually a game up on the Sawx in the ever-so-important loss column. THE BAD: Sutter Home wines (well, there goes a potential sponsor). THE TELLING: We should be […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Kazmir Gives Up Game At Crucial Moment

    [THE HANGOVER] Kazmir Gives Up Game At Crucial Moment

    June 23, 2008 at 10:20 am 2 comments

    THE GOOD: Evan Longoria’s home run in the 2nd, his 12th. We don’t want to stretch this comparison too much, but Dirtbag’s stance and swing have always reminded us of Alex Rodriguez and both hitters are very similar in that they both generate an immense amount of power despite having […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] Hellickson To Join Price In Montgomery

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] Hellickson To Join Price In Montgomery

    June 23, 2008 at 9:09 am 4 comments

    Durham 6, Norfolk 0. Jeff Niemann did not give up a run in 5 innings, allowing only 2 hits. But he did struggle with his control walking 5 batters and throwing a wild pitch. Of his 92 pitches, only 52 were strikes…Ben Zobrist and Reid Brignac each hit 2-run home […]