Re: Only May, but a key series . . .
posted at 5/14/2013 1:47 PM EDT
In response to softlaw2's comment:
The AL East doesn't have any "good teams", if this meaningless phrase means a title contending team. The one exception could be the Yankees, who are 3rd, behind the Tigers and Rangers as title contending teams. The Yankees will need A-Roid, Tex and Granderson slugging at a high level for them to rise out of that 3 spot.
The Red Sox are not a good defensive team. They are poor at SS and catcher, when Salty starts. They are average in CF, and poor in LF. Because Middlebrooks is playing with bad ribs, they are poor at 3B. They are weak at 1B, as well.
They Rays are weak, offensively, while the Red Sox are marginal in the middle but more capable than the Rays. The Red Sox pen has two pretzels missing from the top end, and the better remaining arms are being overused.
This series is a probability early season 3 game toss-up, which likely will end up without a sweep on either side. I won't be surprised if either team wins 2 out of 3, but I don't see any sweep.
Both of these teams are pretenders, which is always the case for the entire history of the Rays. Yes, the Rays are overrated, and other smaller market teams like the A's are just as compelling on the getting the max out of smaller league payrolls.
Besides Middy having 6E, mostly because of wild throws and an inexperienced Napoli(2E) at 1st, who has done a lot better than anyone expected. Ciriaco, who is a true "butcher" with 5E in only 15 games, and Salty having 3E. The rest of the team has been strong, including SS (Drew) who has 73A and 20DP.
That said, although the rays have done well over the last 10G, Price and as of late Moore have had their share of troubles. Need to get to them early and often. Should be a good series.