Yesterday was a beautiful day to wear green for St. Patrick, and I began it that way, covered with grass from mowing the yard. It doesn’t seem so long ago that my wife scattered plastic shamrocks which led to a gold coins – actually, chocolate coins, wrapped in gold – for the girls to find.
If you read Sarah’s post yesterday you know she celebrated March 17th at the mayor of Tampa’s inaugural River O’ Green Festival. Hannah texted a picture of Green Eggs Benedict to us in the morning. I know both of them had their corned beef last night.
The Rays wore green necklaces to celebrate the day, and then went out and downed Pittsburgh 2-1 behind James Shields’ pitching, a good effort by the ‘pen, and a Luke Scott home run.
As pitchers begin to extend their innings and lineups start to have names that are well-recognized, the trio of Evan Longoria, B.J. Upton, and Carlos Pena are a combined 3 for 41. Their combined OPS is far below average as well.
Remember, patience is a virtue, and records and stats in March don’t carry much weight. They can all handle the bright lights and the big (hopefully) crowds.
Another three-pack of Rays who could/should play important roles for the team consists of Reid Brignac, Desmond Jennings, and Jeff Keppinger. All have batting averages of .333 or better, and each has an OPS well above last year’s MLB average.
With Jennings penciled in the starting lineup for the season-opening series against the Yankees, and Keppinger potentially finding his way into the lineup against lefties, it will be interesting to see where the leather-flashing Brignac fits into the team’s plans in the next couple of weeks. » Continue reading “Daily Rays”