Our family spent last Sunday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg watching the Tampa Bay Rays top the San Francisco Giants. The game had everything you would want to see – it was well-played and the result was in doubt until it was over. Wil Myers hit a monstrous first-inning home run and ran down a line drive. Evan Longoria, who had been struggling greatly, had a game-tying single, and drove the ball to the right field track late in the game. Sam Fuld had the game-winning hit, and the relief pitchers were tremendous.
That being said, the Rays struggled in losing a pair at Arizona. Chris Archer came out of last night’s game early with forearm stiffness, but is expected to be fine. Myers left in the seventh with asthma symptoms, and also expected to be alright. In last night’s game, it didn’t look like the same bullpen the Rays threw at the Giants on Sunday.
So, after a two-game winning streak against San Fran, the Rays are now on a two-game losing streak heading into Los Angeles to take on the red-hot Dodgers. A match-up between two very good pitching staffs and a pair of top-flight rookies, with the low-keyed Myers facing off against the flashy Yasiel Puig. David Price will get the ball, and Tampa Bay will have a chance to get back on track.
- Good news – Matt Moore is expected to throw off the mound this weekend
- I heard Alex Cobb might be back on the team with during the next home stand, and that’s nothing but good news, especially with Moore being shut down at this time
- Tampa Bay will see former Rays Carl Crawford and J.P. Howell this weekend. Both were key parts of the Rays moving to the upper echelon of major league clubs. C.C. is hitting .293, while Howell is 2-0, with an ERA of 2.11 in 47 innings pitched.
- St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster recently stated that it’s time to open up the Tampa Bay Area window in order to try and keep the Rays in the region. That’s a step in the right direction for the area and the Rays. Hopefully, things can be worked out in a reasonable amount of time to keep one of baseball’s most exciting team local.
On a final note, I have been to four Rays’ games over the years. Living three hours away makes it difficult to make it to St. Pete more often. However, while it may be a small sampling, Tampa Bay has never lost when I was in the stadium. The three arms they beat before this past Sunday’s win over Guillermo Moscoso of San Francisco read like this: Beckett, Clemens, and Sabathia.
Should the Rays care to have me along as good luck charm, I’m there if they can pick up the tab. Heck, we could even make it a family affair – they’ve won both games in which our entire family was there – daughters Sarah and Hannah, my wife Kathy, and me.