Thursday, June 4, 2009

Does Anyone Remember Where the Broom Is?

The series against the Royals marks the Devil Rays' 18th series of the season.
In the previous 17 series they are yet to sweep anyone other than a 2-game set in New York in the first week of May.

Of those 17 series that the Devil Rays have completed so far this season they've had a chance at the sweep in the last game of the series 4 times; Boston 5/2, New York 5/7, Florida 5/24, Minnesota 5/31, with the only successful sweep being the aforementioned 2-gamer in New York.

This afternoon the Devil Rays are presented with yet another opportunity to sweep a series, and have what looks on the outside like a pitching-matchup advantage (Shields v. Meche).
But the injuries aren't going away and the lineup looks make-shift again, to say the least, minus Longoria, the still ailing Bartlett and Burrell, and the resting Navarro.

Here's how they'll line-up this afternoon:

B.J. Upton, CF
Carl Crawford, LF
Willy Aybar, 3B
Carlos Pena, 1B
Ben Zobrist, 2B
Matt Joyce, RF
Joe Dillon, DH
Michel Hernandez, C
Reid Brignac, SS

*Longoria will be available to pinch hit according to Marc Lancaster.

How I see It:
Start digging around in the broom closet because I think despite it all the Devil Rays are finally going to get their first three-game sweep of the season.

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