As long as we're not the ones 'wavin the white flag' cause of some major goof by the RFO
Casey is that stay in the hunt or bunt you say?
I'm pretty sure he meant "bunt".
Hey...typos happen all the time....
Well ... in spite of the glowing season-end stats ... there were times during last season ... especially during the first-half ... where I felt the starting pitching was very inconsistent ... and I wondered if Moore and Cobb were really consistently ready for prime-time ... and I even wondered if Hellickson was going to be as good as advertised, long-term. And ... I really didn't think Archer was ready. But ... Price and the bullpen ... and innings-eating help from Shields... made it all work out pretty well.
This time around ... I don't know. I don't think losing Shields will be a particularly big deal ... IF ... Neimann comes back strong ... and Hellickson, Moore and Cobb live up to their expectations. On the other hand ... if Neimann does NOT come up big ... and factoring in the loss of Davis as starting rotation "insurance" ... pitching might become somewhat problematic. ALTHOUGH ... they say that Odorizzi was almost ready last season ... and that he has a very good 93-95 mph sinkerball and hard slider ... so ... I guess he could be the saving wildcard if that becomes necessary. (?)
Personally, I have my doubts about Neimann ever returning from his injuries to his original form ... my original faith in Cobb has been shaken some by his up-and-down performances last season and the potentially long-lasting aftereffects of his surgery ... and I think Archer is still too young and inexperienced (and ... I don't know the latest on Torres) ... so ... a lot could be riding on Odorizzi ... and maybe even on Hernandez-Heredia making a strong comeback as a starter ... although ... my hope with him is that he can become a premier middle-reliever ... taking Badenhop's place ... with an even heavier and more effective sinkerball! (I L-O-V-E good sinkerballers and knuckleballers!)
Anyway ... I think the pitching will benefit all-around from a healthy Longoria and the additions of Escobar and Loney ... and in June, Myers ... and I hope Friedman doesn't water that back down by re-signing Roberts and Scott (having Molina around again is bad enough!).
Given the present situation ... the Rays will struggle to finish 3rd in the AL East.Not good enough outfield defense, lousy OBP even though it will be better. Lackof players who actually get hits at a rate greater than games played.
(Note: This stat is very much overlooked and is important to winning.)
The plus factors include, Longo playing all year ... Experience garnered by the youngpitchers, lack of good RH hitter to help with the DH situation and decent pen. Catchingis mediocre to say the least. Most backup players have more holes than a pound of Swiss cheese.
But we have time to put a better team together. April fool's day is still 3 months away.
Well, I think they'll be in the mix. Maybe not a division-winner ... but I think they'll hold their own and challenge. (?)
I don't know how good an outfielder Myers is ... but I think Jennings and Fuld are pretty good defensively. Zobrist is Ok when he's out there. I do think Joyce is probably the defensive weak link in the outfield.
I agree with your take on the team OBP ... but Maddon does say OBP is more improtant to him than batting average ... so ... he' s seems to be on the OBP tract. (?) And ... I'd have to look it up ... but I would guess there aren't really too many hitters in the league who finish up with 162 or more hits (one per game as you'd like to see).
I agree. With Molina in there playing even half of the games ... catching is atrocious. Personally, I'm hoping to see Molina flame-out over spring training ... replaced by Gimenez. (Plus ... they still have Vogt, Chirinos, and Ashley in the wings.)
Actually, if the pitching holds out (and assumng they don't water down the offense by re-signing Scott and Roberts) I think they're a better offensive team than last season right now!
nrg, Joe believes that bunting lowers a players OBP which it really does'nt, but even if its a sacrifice bunt or its considered a hit raises the players BA as if its a hit. Check out the formula on Widipedia--its head spinning> or just have a drink and Merry Christmas!
I think that's referred to as havin a 'burr' under your saddle
You bet nrg, I wouldn't have let him in the Trop!