Tagged: Rays

9/27 – Hold Your Breath

The American League Wild Card race is getting real interesting right now. With a Baltimore win over the Red Sox and the Rays downing the Yankees, the Rays and Sox are now tied atop the AL Wild Card standings. It looked for a while like the Red Sox may be able to hold their ground and continue this dominant season but the Rays have really come on strong and can smell the playoffs.

Josh Beckett pitched well against the Orioles last night but the Baltimore offense has decided to play the role of Major Spoiler and give the Rays some help. Chris Davis and Robert Andino were the unlikely heroes in Baltimore’s 6-3 victory over Boston, Davis driving in a pair and Andino scattering three RBI throughout the game.¬†Tonight the Red Sox will send veteran southpaw Erik Bedard (1-2, 3.63 ERA) to the mound against rookie and fellow left-hander Zach Britton (11-10, 4.44 ERA).

The Rays needed a big inning to bust through against the Yankees and that’s what they got in the bottom of the third. With the score at 2-0 Yankees, a two-run double off the bat of B.J. Upton and a Johnny Damon RBI single put the Rays up for good. Having James Shields on the mound gave the Rays that extra boost of confidence to overcome the Yankees as Shields pitched eight and two thirds innings of six-hit, two-run baseball. Kyle Farnsworth recorded his twenty-fourth save of the year. Tonight young righty Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.90 ERA) will go against journeyman righty Bartolo Colon (8-10, 4.02 ERA) in a chance for the Rays to hop into first place in the Wild Card.

It’s Veteran vs. Youngster for the Sox and Youngster vs. Veteran for the Rays in what could be the biggest game of the season for both of these two playoff-bound teams.

9/24 Nothing Left…

…but the Wild Card. That’s right, all of the divisions have been decided except for the Wild Card.

NL West – Diamondbacks
NL Central – Brewers
NL East – Phillies

AL West – Rangers
AL Central – Tigers
AL East – Yankees

As of right now the Red Sox hold a 1.5 game lead over the Rays in the American League and the Braves have a slim 2 game lead over the Cardinals, with the Cardinals igniting over the last two weeks.

With four games left in the regular season losses are huge. Could there be two one-game playoff’s? One? Or will both Wild Card’s be decided in 162 games? We’ll know soon enough.

4/18 – Game 1 @ Rays

David Price is one heck of a pitcher. He definitely is not the same on the road as he is when pitching at home. I don’t know if it’s the crowd support or what but he was absolutely filthy tonight. Tip of the cap to you, sir. (*tips cap.*)
I can’t really say much about a 5-0 loss in which our offense only collected four hits. I could make up a bunch of positives that I noticed but the only real big one was Matt Thornton’s one decent inning. He allowed a homer to Felipe Lopez (who apparently has our number on speed dial) but other than that I think his performance merits one point. 
Once again, good job David Price. You’re one crazily talented guy. 
Sox play again tomorrow at 5:40. James Shields (0-1, 3.98) vs. John Danks (0-1, 3.15). Based on those numbers we should win a 4-3 ballgame. But Sam Fuld will probably make a diving catch on the outfield concourse.

Bullpen Points Leaderboard
1. Sergio Santos – 8 points
2. Jesse Crain – 7 points
3. Will Ohman – 5 points
3. Chris Sale – 5 points
3. Tony Pena – 5 points
4. Jeff Gray – 2 points
5. Matt Thornton – 1 point

Ugh… Go Sox. (*buries head in hands and plays Don’t Stop Believing for the ninth time in the last hour*)