Thursday, August 2, 2007

So thats what a bullpen looks like??

After sitting through the first half of the season, you begin to feel that pre-gag reflex around the 7th inning of games. The Devil Rays having a 1 run lead late in a game was like Michael Jackson in a daycare, only bad things were to come. All of a sudden, the Rays shuffle around the pen and make a couple moves, and that gag reflex has gone away.......for the moment at least. Last night the Rays bullpen combined for 6 innings of 2-hit shutout ball. Its amazing how just a couple changes in the clubhouse can change the overall confidence of a club. 3 of the 4 relief pitchers were pitchers that have been here since opening day, the difference between then and now was confidence. You can see it when your watching the game, not only in the pitchers but also in the hitters.

CC was at it again going 3-4 with a homer, 2 RBI's, and a stolen base. He is doing all of this with a sore wrist, which he will luckily be able to rest today. Jonny Gomes hit another homer and surprise, surprise: no one was on base. Of Jonny's 12 homers, all but 3 have been solo shots. He is hitting a awful .153 with runners in scoring position. Hopefully he can start knocking in some runs, but only time will tell.

Jason Hammel, who started the game yesterday, pitched 3 innings. He gave up 2 runs, but then left the game with a injury. The club says it will be looked into further today, but they expect nothing serious.

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