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Rays, not so hot right now

July 10, 2008

Here it is, the Tampa Bay Rays have lost 3 in a row, to the Yankees no less, and lead the AL East by a meger 2 games. This is a thought we have been kicking around for some time now, and we figure that now is just as good a time as any. The Rays won’t win the AL East, and they won’t even make the playoffs. Sure, all of the media thinks they are the greatest thing since sliced bread Super Smash Brothers, but the media has been known to get caught up in “who’s now” before. The Rays have several flaws that many “analysts” like to over-look. For the analysts and our reader, we have a comprehensive list about why the Rays ship will sink, and don’t worry, we won’t involve VORP or “adjusted batting averages.”

1.) Although the name has changed, these are still the same old Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays. This is a team that has never won more than 70 games in a season, and currently has 11 less wins than they had all of last season. Granted their players are maturing before our eyes, but they have not made too many tremendously key additions. Matt Garza appears to be performing well, but hey, it’s Matt Garza.

2.) Why are they so good right now? Superman Evan Longoria has helped tremendously, but he is only batting .281. Sure, he has 16 homers and hasn’t been playing the entire season, but he also has 76 K’s in that same time span. Carlos Pena, who hit 46 bombs last year, is a shell of his former self with 14 homers and his minute batting average of .233. Right now, they only have have 1 +.300 hitter. Dioner Navarro also happens to be a lifetime .261 hitter. The lovely thing about baseball, and batting average, is that is typical remains constant. A career .261 hitter, stays a .261 hitter. There might be some abberations, but .051 points is a little more than the standard deviation. The next closest average on the team is the aformentioned Longoria. Where is the offense going to come from on this team? We think Cliff Floyd is a swell guy, but he just isn’t going to cut it. I will take my chances with Manny Ramirez any day.

3.) Right now, the anchor of the team is the pitching staff. For wins, see Andy Sonnanstine. For ERA, see Matt Garza. For K’s see James Shields. Sonnanstine has nearly doubled his career win total, Garza looks stoned in his profile picture, and James Shields looks poised to have another stellar year. All of this great pitching has been going on without the mention of Scott Kazmir. He is clearly the ace of the staff, and by far the best player on the team (haha Mets fans). The starting pitching is looking good. Even in all of our negativity, we can’t deny this, but they are young. Those four pitcher have a combined 9 seasons under their belts. A youth movement is good, it is what the Yankees couldn’t put together, but youth is often seen as a detriment. The Rays have also managed to put together a pretty solid rag tag version of a bullpen. These guys are all successfull, but they but it remains to be seen if they can sustain. As of now though, the Ty Wiggington for Dan Wheeler trade appears to be going well. We will see if the staff can sustain.

4.) They play in the same division as the Yankees and Red Sox. Sure, people like to hate on them, but they are winners for a reason. Just ask Baltimore how it has felt battling them. For a team that is under .500 on the road, that isn’t a good thing.

5.) And the biggest reason is Joe Maddon. The man is a certifiable idiot; he doesn’t fight cancer, he doesn’t have an identity, and these are some of his philosophies. Many of Maddon’s “ideas” have been questionable at best. His immaturity in managing has never been under the spotlight, but if he plans on being in this race, the lights will only get brighter.

If anything is going to sustain this team, it is their pitching, but they are unproven, and the dog days of summer are coming up. We may be eating our words come the end of August, but we don’t think so.

Voting for stuff is even cooler when it’s in the NL

July 8, 2008

Let’s get serious people. This voting business is serious, and if you don’t vote, P. Diddy will kill you. The avid readers of Awesomo probably saw yesterday’s post about who is trying to sway votes for the AL, and most likely you were thinking, “yeah that is great, but who should I vote for in the NL?” Never fear, Awesomo is here. Don’t like what we have to say, check out these jerks.

Pat “The Pearl” Burrell: WTF is the pearl for you ask? Well that is how his last name is pronounced, like Bearl. Down to the nitty gritty. Burrell is batting .277 with a monsterous 22 jacks, 54 RBIs, and his OBP is soaring at .409. A man that has stuckout no fewer than 120 in his 8 year career, has 72 already. The difference this year is that he has dropped 22 bombs, and looks to be on pace to set career highs in homers and batting average. Unless of course he pulls a Bobby Abreu and disappears in the second half. Remember, this is a Philly we are talking about.

Corey Hart: He is batting .299 with 14 bombs, 55 RBIs, and 13 more stolen bases than Pat Burrell. Aided by nothing bu fan voting and sheer Hart (see what we did there), the Brewer outfielder is looking to land his trip to NY. Too bad he isn’t that good. Better luck next year pal. The Brewers would have a better chance if they were campaiging for CC.

Carlos Lee: “El Caballo” arguably boasts the best stats of everyone in this group, .290, 20 HRs, and 70 RBI. Plus he is on our fantasy team, and we traded Kerry Wood for him. The Astros will give a lucky voting fan a free signed bat, but a Panama City radio station will give you a free hat if you vote 25 times, and said hat is for a beer company.

Aaron Rowand: He made the all-star team last year. Apart from hitting instead of Albert Pujols, it was a very unforgettable night. He is batting .300 with 8 HRs, and 47 RBIs. Thanks but no thanks.

David Wright: Wright is batting .288, 17 homers, 70 RBI, 56 runs, and 9 SBs. Probably the second best numbers after Lee. We love everything about Wright, his style of play, his attitude, his ability, this website. Some might say we have a man crush, but this year, we don’t want this man to make the team. Right now, there is only 1 Met representative on the All-Star roster, and that is fine by us. With the class that this organization has handled themselves, they deserve nothing more. It is our hope that David doesn’t make this team.

Who we are voting for: Pat Burrell is putting up stellar numbers, especially in the first couple of months, but he has slowed his pace a little, and he is a Philly. We kind of just don’t like them. Carlos Lee has great numbers, and a cool nickname. That is enough to sway our vote. Now it’s up to you.

Voting for stuff is cool (AL)

July 7, 2008

Who should be the final player on each ballot (besides those guys that get hurt and replaced, or pitch and get replaced)? Here are your choices for the AL; Jermaine Dye, Jason Giambi, Jose Guillen, Brian Roberts, and Evan Longoria. Now, here is a look at why or why not they should be voted;

Dye: Batting .308 with 19 homers, and 52 RBIs, Dye clearly has the best stats of everyone else on this list. Stats have nothing to do with All-Star voting. We are talking about the fans here. Dye is having a resurgence of his career this year for the AL Central leading White Sox (is it a contract year?), but that isn’t going to be enough.

Giambi: He is it at .256 with 18 homers, and 53 RBIs. He has worse numbers than Dye, but lucky for the mustached one he is in the midst of an incredible marketing campaign. He has also managed to increase his average 65 points since May 18th, and as always is a king of the walk and has a .393 OBP with a .929 OPS, both of which are better than Dye. Giambi plays in the big city, and will likely end up 1st or second in voting.

Jose Guillen: He is at .272 with 13 knocks and 64 RBIs. He has solid RBI figures, but plays in crappy KC. A situation like that will typically doom a player. Getting into dust ups like this certainly don’t help. No way Jose.

Brian Roberts: He clearly can’t compete statistically with the other players, except his 24 SB. With Ian Kinsler and Dustin “I hate you” Pedroia, Roberts will enjoy his time on the bench at the game. So far, of the 4 candidates, 3 have been proven steroid abusers. See we knew steroids were good for you.

Evan Longoria; Hitting .281, 16 homers, and 52 RBIs, Longoria has the numbers. Besides the fact that he has numerous game winning hits, plays on the best team in baseball, and that Joe Crede is already on the team, Longoria is a rookie that hasn’t even been playing the entire season. Of all of the players to vote for, Longoria should be the popular choice, but it remains to be seen if the Rays can get the fans to come out and vote. Seeing as how Red Sox fans have accounted for their largest crowds this season, it may be difficult. Either way, the kid is having a heck of a year.

Who we are voting for: We don’t make are motives hidden. We want Giambi to win the voting because we have tickets to the Home Run Derby presented by State Farm, and Giambi says he won’t participate unless he is an all-star. Get out there and vote.