Thursday, April 16, 2009

CHEESE & WHINE: Do you have a 'Pen I can borrow?


  • Sonny. Sonnanstine allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walking 1 and striking out 3. While it wasn't a gem by any means, Sonny pitched pretty well and was in a position to get the W if not for a combination of mistakes by other people (more on that later).
  • Carlos Pena. Pena was awarded his Gold Glove before the game and then reminded everyone why we really love him by blasting a homer into right field to recapture the lead in the fourth.


  • Joe Maddon. He gets paid a lot of money to make good decisions, but nearly every pitching decision he made yesterday was the wrong one. Yes, I know the pitchers should take responsibility for sucking too (and they will), but the whole thing last night was a big clusterf%@&. Andy Sonnanstine was pitching a nice ballgame and was showing no signs of fatigue when Papa Joe decided it was time for him to go. Dumb. And it cost them the game (more on that later).
  • Howell, Percival, Balfour. The last thing we need is for you clowns to start looking like the "laugh-staff" of years gone by. Get your crap together! The combined stat line for these knuckleheads last night: 1 and 1/3 innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 runs while only managing 2 K's, with Howell blowing the save and Percival taking the lose. Well done.
  • BJ Upton. Okay, so you made one amazing over-the-shoulder grab and it caught you a bunch of attention, great. That does not mean that you should be trying it every freakin' play. There is a huge difference between playing shallow and playing so close to Aki that he can hear you breathing. Come on man, if you're gonna play shallow then you better make sure that you're not too shallow to get to the wall before the ball.


  • Joe Nelson did a fine job out of the pen, pitching 1 and 2/3's allowing no hits while recording 2 K's and issuing a walk.
  • The Rays have now lost 2 of their first 3 series of the season.

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