posted at 8/28/2013 2:06 PM EDT
In response to Beantowne's comment:
In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:
If they are such heavy favorites , why are the inept Tampa Bay Rays always breathing down their necks?
If the Red Sox have such superior pitching:
a. why trade for Peavy?
b.why are the Yankees , who have had a ton of injuries still in the race?
c. why didn't they shutout the weak teams like Houston, Kansas City and San Francisco?
When all the Red Sox starters are pitching well, they have a good enough staff to finish ahead of the Rays.....but many of these pitchers have been inconsistent, exception being Lackey , who has been fairly consistent. Lester, Doubront and Dempster have had their ups and downs...too small a sample size on Peavy, he's been fair, good, better and best ( for one game).
Tampa Bay exists with pitching. They teach how to stay ahead in the count, how to pitch in certain counts, etc. , from single A right up to the MLB level. As a small market team, they know the will never afford the HR hitters like Pujols and Cabrera. They approach the game from defense first, because they have to do it that way in order to compete.
You have to admit, considering their payroll, the sure give the big boys a run for their money.
In my mind the TB GM should win executive of the year, every year.
"Advertising is legalized lying."- H.G.Wells
While I too think the Rays have built a solid organization and derserve a tip of the cap...It's amazing what you can do when you stockpile draft picks for a decade and then accept corporate welfare to sign them to longterm, team friendly contracts. Enough already with the look what they do on a small market payroll...they recieve a check for more than 30M per year from MLB revenue sharing.
Kind of makes you wish the Red Sox weren't owned by a multi-millionaire, doesn't it?
TB payroll- 57,030,272
RS payroll- 158,967,286
...that's right we pay a HUNDRED million dollars more to be 2 games ahead of these beggars....these lowlifes...these chiselers....THE NERVE OF THEM TO BE COMPETING WITH US!!!