Monday, June 18, 2007

Quick Hits

More posts coming later this week (I know promises, promises).

I go out of town for a few days and the Rays fall apart. In case you were wondering the Rays get zero coverage in the West Palm area.

Jon Gomes has returned with a vengeance. I had a feeling that if got the chance he wouldn't take it for granted. It makes the benching of Elijah Dukes easier for Joe Maddon.

Speaking of Maddon, getting tossed in yesterday's game was one of the few times it seemed being the Rays' manager got to him. Sure Angel Hernandez made a bad call, but I don't think it was worth getting tossed for. Looks like he had some pent up rage that he needed unleashed.

Scott Kazmir is still struggling through his starts. No need to start dumping on him yet, but he doesn't seem to be making any effective adjustments. That's one of the main differences between him and James Shields at this point.

The Chosen One finally walked a couple of people. Still he is the best pitcher with an ERA over 7.00 that has come along in a long time. Look for the ERA to drop significantly. If he has a year similar to Shields' performance last year than the rotation for 2008 is starting to shape up.

Switching to hockey. Interesting move by the Lightning to pick up Chris Gratton for a second round pick. It seems like they're willing to try anything to help the special teams out. If not for anything else at least they'll be better on faceoffs next year.

Congrats to whoever had Sam Perlazzo and June for his firing. It's kind of a shame that he became the fall guy. After all he didn't put together that stellar bullpen.

That's it for now...

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