The Yanks & the Rays traded blowouts in the first two games of the four-game set. The Yankee relievers looked particularly inept, especially Cesar Cabral, who faced six batters and hit them all - three on the bat, three on the body. "Country" Joe West then threw him out of the game, mostly, I suspect, because he thought he was next. (Well, I can dream, can't I?)
Speaking of dreams, the Yanks are in first place, the Red Sox are in last. Can the season be over now, please?
The Yanks lead the American League in Hitting, Slugging and On Base Pct., yet they're seventh in runs scored with 69, 25 runs behind #1 Los Angeles. Why is that?
Is it my imagination, or does it look like Jacoby Ellsbury could steal second carrying 1st base coach Mick Kelleher on his back?
I wonder how A-Rod is going to feel next season when he discovers he is the late inning defensive replacement for Yangervis Solarte? By the way, this man needs a nickname, badly. The way Michael Kay says his name, it sounds like a foot infection.
Okay, one more time. In Thursday's game, Ray's pitcher, David Price threw a pitch on the outside corner that was called a ball. Flash Flaherty took that opportunity to point out that Tampa's catcher Jose Molina pulled the ball in and that he was one of the best at "framing" pitches. The replay showed that the ball actually crossed over home plate and the Rays still didn't get the call.
So much for the effect of framing pitches.
Recently, David Ortiz took 33 seconds to run out a homer. That's an average of 8.25 seconds per base, which is still faster than Cano running out a grounder to 2nd.
***THEY SAID IT***
"Giants QB Eli Manning underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle and doctors say he should be able to run in about six weeks. Though a cynic might ask: “How will they be able to tell?” -- Dwight Perry
"More than 90 cruise-ship passengers came down sick with vomiting and diarrhea off the Southern California coast: “Officials blame either the norovirus or a 2014 Lakers highlight reel.” -- Jerry Perisho
"Bubba Watson celebrating his Masters win with a trip to Waffle House. Unlike Tiger Woods, however, Watson actually went for the food." -- Janice Hough
"A pair of Wall Street financiers bought Milwaukee’s last-place NBA team for $550 million. There’s a shrewd investment: over half a billion dollars to get a few lousy Bucks." -- RJ Currie