In an effort to spice up the site, over the holiday break I am going to attempt to learn as much about sabermetrics as I can. But for now it’s back to writing the basic stuff I know how to. Over the next weeks I will be breaking down what I think the starting 9 will be and will continue to update it until the season starts. Read the rest of this entry »
Tampa, fresh off their sweep of the Nationals, travels to the real Coors Field (not the one in New York) for a three game series against a hot Colorado team. Tampa will have Jason Bartlett back tonight as Reid Brignac was sent back to Durham. The Rays have won five straight and have moved themselves into third place in the A.L. East. Read the rest of this entry »
Kanas rolls into town for a three game series against the Rays. Since Tampa is playing better we are dropping the Devil for the time being. The Rays looked strong against the Twins taking two out of three. But playing in the AL East means that they need to sweep teams such as the Twins and Royals. Plus we do not have to see Zack Greinke. Read the rest of this entry »
The Rays lead all of baseball with 53 stolen bases thus far. While as it doesn’t come as much of a surprise due to great team speed and Joe Maddon’s aggressive mindset, there is a strange anomaly that was pointed out by a buddy of mine. So I looked into it, and sure enough, there is a very wide gap between bags stolen off of righties and off of lefties: 45 vs. RHP, 8 vs. LHP. So let’s take a closer look, stats provided by baseball-reference.com.
Let’s start with Carl Crawford who has nearly half of the Rays’ stolen base total at 22. Of the 22 bases Crawford has swiped, 21 have come off righties and only one off a lefty. Reasons? Well it could be simply that C.C. has had more opportunities off of righties which he has (99PA as opposed to 52PA vs. LHP). However, he’s actually hitting very well against lefties so far. In 48 at bats, Crawford is hitting .292 and has drawn three walks to have an OBP of .346. So that’s 17 times he’s reached against a lefty, four of which were doubles. Of those 17 chances, I was unable to find how often he had a runner in front of him but you can still see that he hasn’t had nearly the amount of chances then he would off a righty. Read the rest of this entry »