The Best Team in Baseball – Tampa Bay Rays

by on April 30, 2010   One Comment

Who leads the MLB in runs scored, the AL in ERA, and has a team fielding percentage of .984?

That would be the best team in baseball, the Tampa Bay Rays.

In case you haven’t noticed, the Rays are near the top in almost every statistical category both offensively and defensively.  With the pick-up of Rafael Soriano, the Rays patched their achilles heel over the past couple of seasons – the back-end of the bullpen.  The only problem so far is, they haven’t needed him.  The Rays have scored 142 runs this year and only allowed 72, so Soriano hasn’t had a ton of important innings yet, only locking down 5 saves.

Cinderella Story Waiting in Camden Yards?

by on February 25, 2010   No Comments

Brian Cashman and Theo Epstein have the money, but Andy McPhail gets the GM of the Year Award in the American League East for very quietly putting together a team built with a core group of young talent and inexpensive veterans.  Impact prospects for 2010 include catcher Matt Weiters, LHP Brian Matusz, RHP Chris Tillman, and OF Nolan Riemold while 3B Josh Bell and 1B Michael Aubrey are not far off from being terrific Major Leaguers in their own right.  Past All-Stars Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, and Brian Roberts are in their prime, while veteran additions of RHP Kevin Millwood, 3B Miguel Tejada, 1B Garrett Atkins, and LHP Mike Gonzalez could help the O’s be the Rays of 2008.  Yeah, I said it.