Friday, July 18, 2008

Are They For Real?

It seems like only yesterday that the Tampa Bay Devil Rays were finishing up there 2007 campaign in last place in the AL East once again. So if I told you that the Rays were only a half game out of first place behind the Boston Red Sox half way through the 2008 season, would you believe me?

Probably not right? Well, its true. The Rays are now playoff contenders in the tough AL East division after finishing last in the AL East for the last few seasons. So what happened?

Well, part of the reason is that there offense has been on a tear this season. Guys like Dioner Navarro, B.J. Upton, and Evan Longoria have really came through when the team has needed them the most this year. We definitely cant forget about there starting pitching staff though, as pitchers Andy Sonnanstine, Matt Garza, and James Shields have been huge surprises to the team this year. As we get closer to the end of another baseball season however, the big question is do the Rays have what it takes to make it to the playoffs?

For me, I really don't think the Rays have what it takes. I believe the Rays pitching staff will not be able to perform well enough down the stretch for the Rays to be able to make it. We have seen the last week before the all star break some of the vulnerability of the Rays, as they come out of the break on a 7 game losing streak. I also believe that the Rays are in a division thats nearly impossible to win. As for the wildcard, they may have a slim chance there, but I think that it will go to a team in the Al Central division, most likely the Twins.

Now don't get me wrong, the Rays have a VERY bright future ahead of them. I just think that right now, the Rays are to inexperienced to make it to the playoffs.


Anonymous said...

Change the size of the Rays logo pic. It is too hard to access this story from the widget.

Cannon Fire said...

Hey anonymous -- at least take a moment to not be anonymous. Also, you critisized a presentation issue without offering your opinion to RSF45's article.

RE: the original post ... Yeah, the Rays caught alot of "pundits" offguard. And, I agree with you that I think they may have blown their steam already. things are shaping up to be one of the more pitcher influenced seasons in a while. That's one reason the Brew Crew snagged CC Sabathia. He's pitching his 3rd game tonight @ 2-0 including a complete 9 inner.

But there's a heck of a lot of ball to play ... I'll look forward to your future articles.