The brooms are out in Dolphin Stadium!

June 26, 2008 at 6:46 pm | Posted in Rays | Leave a comment

No offense to the king and queen of the baseball card blogosphere, but how ’bout those Rays?  They finished off a sweep of the Marlins in Dolphin Stadium this afternoon to improve to 47-31 and 1/2 game behind the Red Sox for first place in the A.L. East.  I have to pinch myself almost every day to make sure that I’m not just dreaming about the incredible season that the Rays are having.  I was expecting that they’d be better, and win 80-85 games this year, but I wasn’t expecting anything close to the success we’ve seen so far.

Big time props to Matt Garza, who pitched a masterful complete game 1-hitter while striking out 10.  The off-season trade with Minnesota is looking better and better every day.  Besides being a “recovering emotionalist” (as Joe Maddon describes him) Garza has been a terrific #3 starter, and Jason Bartlett has been a defensive wizard at shortstop, preventing tons of runs and winning games with his glove and his range.  Meanwhile the sulk master, Delmon Young, and Brendan Harris are doing a whole lot of nothing for the Twins.

Another big contributor to today’s win was our Longlorious rookie third baseman, who went 3-5 and hit his 14th home run.  Take a look at Evan’s stats and see if you can give me a good reason why he shouldn’t be on the All Star team.

Next up is a three-game series at the magnificent PNC Park in Pittsburgh.  Let’s go Rays!

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