Tag:Rays
Posted on: April 25, 2011 9:09 am
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AL East week three: Sox dig out, Yankees slug

AL East Week Three:   Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays surge to dig out of early holes, Yankees slug.  Orioles and Jays slide.

Red Sox sweep the LA Angels in 1st west coast trip, pitching & bats wake up.  Rays get even.  Is the Division back to being normal?
Sox fans complain about schedule?  Sour grapes - it's early.  Welcome back to the pack.
Sox fans jab Mariano Rivera?   Look at the calendar, beantowners:  April is over soon.

Yankees are slugging .503, 111 points above the league.

New York Yankees  (9-5) --> (12-6)    wk = 3-1
Tampa Bay Rays     (6-9) -->  (11-11)  wk = 5-2
Boston Red Sox      (4-10) --> (10-11)  wk = 6-1
Toronto Blue Jays      (7-8) --> (9-12)    wk = 2-4
Baltimore Orioles       (6-8) --> (8-12)    wk = 2-4




Category: MLB
Posted on: April 18, 2011 7:27 am
 

AL East week 2: 2 surge, 3 slide


Week 2:  Since last Sunday, 2 teams up, 3 down as Tampa surges out of the basement and the Yanks gain while the Orioles and Jays fall.  The Red Sox manage to win 2 of 5 but barely climb up from the early hole.


New York Yankees  (5-4) --> (9-5)   4-1
- with rally over Texas, 3 more HRs, Chavez with game winner subs for ARod
- Swept the Orioles to move into 1st, took 2 of 3 from Texas
- Slugging well (27 HRs) but not yet hitting for average - under .200: Gardner, Posada

Baltimore Orioles (6-3) --> (6-8)   0-5
- Quick fall from 1st on a 7 game slide as they were swept by Yankees, Indians

Toronto Blue Jays (5-4) --> (7-8)   2-4
- Lost 2 to Angels and Red Sox, the big boys.

Tampa Bay Rays    (1-8) --> (6-9)   5-1
- Rays swept the Red Sox and took 3 of 4 from the Twins to surge out of their slow start.

Boston Red Sox    (2-7) --> (4-10)  2-3
- Swept by Rays, took 2 days off and then finally won 2 of 3 from the Jays

The Red Sox will have to do better on their west coast trip or they'll be stuck under .500 a while. This week they face the strong pitching of the A's (3rd in ERA of all 30 teams) and Angels (2nd in ERA).   Uphill and steep.  2 in a row?  (...weeks of just 2 wins).


Category: MLB
Posted on: April 11, 2011 11:38 am
 

AL East week one - Different ways to win

AL East - 1st full week  -  9 games in,  as of April 11th, 2011

Clubs Find Different Ways to Win

 5-4 Blue Jays  -   Hitting & Pitching, ERA 2.63
 6-3 Orioles      -   Living on Pitching, Dying at the plate:  Hitting .216 but holding opponents to .216
 5-4 Yankees    -   Slugging .471 hides >> Hitting .236, which can't beat >> ERA 4.84
 2-7 Red Sox    -   Digging out but men LOB, Pitching better as ERA drops to 6.24 from 9+
 1-8 Rays          -   Hitting .163, opponents .271, scoring 2.7 runs less / game

NY Yankee Trends :  Slow starters at the plate can't overcome awful pitching:

- Mark Teixeira carried the club early as everyone else slumped, but now slugging percent disguises recent drought like Jorge Posada who had HRs early, now 0 for 17.   Lucky to have new bats Russell Martin, Eric ChavezRobinson Cano (thanks to Fenway) and Alex Rodriguez are the only regulars on track.

After 9 games, little traction at the plate:

 Nick Swisher           219
 Derek Jeter             206
 Mark Teixeira           182
 Curtis Granderson 172
 Brett Gardner          167
 Jorge Posada         138
 
- Especially hurts at the top of the order, low OBP in front of a sackful of homers.  3rd best slugging % in AL (behind White Sox and the unconscious Texas Rangers), but 8th in batting average, 12th in ERA.   18 HRs, tied with Texas.

A Few questions?

Who would have bet A.J. Burnett would be 2-0?   A lucky 2-0.
Why is Boone Logan used as a "stopper against lefties" when he doesn't stop lefties?
How about a leadoff hitter who hits for average instead of speed that's never on base?
When is Derek Jeter going to snap out of it at the plate and get back to being a #2 hitter?

With the Orioles and Texas coming up, the only bright spot is they'll play at the Stadium, while the Sox play the Rays, Jays and then head West for the A's and surging Angels.






Category: MLB
Posted on: April 4, 2011 11:49 am
 

Opening weekend AL East - Early bombers & bummers


Opening weekend for AL East  -  April 3rd, 2011

Early Bummers:

Boston Red Sox got swept in 1st series at Texas as pitching gets hammered hard with ERA =
   Starters:  Lester 8.4, Lackey 22.1, Buchholz  5.7
   Pen:  Paps 9.0, Wheeler 13.5, Bard 54.0
   Team 9.8
- Some hitting from the usual suspects but bottom of lineup is stone cold.  Carl Crawford demoted to 7th spot?  Francona jitters?

Tampa Bay Rays got swept at home in 1st series with O's, offense hurting.
- Tampa batting only .132 and worse:  Longoria placed on DL, out > 3 weeks.  Empty bullpen?

Early Bombers:

Baltimore Orioles look much improved, timely hitting despite weak .222, pitching ERA = 1.0.

Toronto Blue Jays show strong hitting at .313, taking 2 of 3 from Twins.

NY Yankees take 2 of 3 from Tigers, new look fast start for Mark Teixeira.
    Showing power:  HRs by Teixeira in each game, Posada (2), Granderson, Arod, Martin, Cano
    Pitching plus:  CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett (baby steps)
    Pitching weakness:  Phil Hughes, Bartolo Colon
    Slow start hitters:  Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter
- When your leading hitter is new catcher Russell Martin at .455, is that great news or a worry?  Great starts by Tex, Arod, Posada, and Swisher (one game).

Surprises?    Many predicted O's and Jay's to be improved and they are.  Many predicted Boston to cruise and they aren't.  Tidal bay Rays need to worry about division competition.  Imagine Teixeira's year with the addition of a huge month. 








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