Saturday, May 30, 2009

CHEESE & WHINE: Thank Heaven For Small Miracles



  • Evan Longoria. Dirt McGirt went 3 for 4 from the plate, including a 3-run dinger in the 6th to put the Devil Rays back on top for good. (We'll accidentally forget about the error at 3rd...shhh).
  • James Shields. The ace looked the part in what turned out to be a grit-and-grind kind of game. Shields pitched 7 innings, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits while striking-out 5 and walking 1. That, my friends, is what a top of the rotation starter's stat line should look like just about every time around. Shields threw strikes at a rate of about 69% which is paramount in getting ahead of scrappy hitters like those on the Twins. Shields now moves to 4-4 on the season with a respectable ERA of 3.53.
  • Carl Crawford. CC had another productive game; 2 for 4 from the plate with a solo homer (his 2nd) and recording 3 of the Devil Rays' 5 runs.
  • The Red Sox lost.


  • Carlos Pena. Pena struggled at the plate going 0 for 4... again. The Crime Cat looks like he needs to get back to basics; "see the ball, hit the ball". With the injury bug sneaking around camp the Devil Rays need El Gato to produce more consistently.
  • Reid Brignac. Okay kid, you're getting your opportunity to show management why they should keep you up to play second base in Aki's absence, now take advantage. Another 0-fer for young Reid last (o-3) and he's not doing himself any favors.
  • Joe Maddon. Why? Why Joe? Why pull Gross in the 6th in favor of Kapler in a close game? Give me one good flippin' reason? Gross is at least 147 times better in RF (which is crucial in a close game), and he's a better, more patient hitter than Kapler as well. This is a situation where playing the lefty v righty match-up makes no sense whatsoever because Gross is hitting better against lefties than Kapler is. Plus from that at-bat forward Kapler faced right-handed pitchers, so what was the point? Don't over-think yourself in an attempt to be Phil Jackson. Come on Joe, what's your beef with Gross, and on the same note, what's up with your love affair with Kapler?


  • Randy Choate was credited with the save last night, giving him his first career save in 199 games.
  • Starting today we will now hand out a "gameball" called "Caviar" (keeping with the high-end dining experience theme) to the best Devil Rays' player each game- similar to what Rays Index does with their Sunburst Player of The Game (with the obvious exception that I'm not giving away a prize if you guess who I'll pick- my pockets aren't nearly as deep as Prof's).


Evan Longoria. Its only appropriate that the first Caviar award be given to my nickname-sake.

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