Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Price making Rays Kazmir decision easier?

Maybe David Price isn't as ready as fans thought.  At the end of spring training, the Rays made the decision to send Price back down to AAA to work things out.  After a rough start in April, many fans were calling for Price to help in the starting rotation.  Fans from other teams were wondering why the Rays playoff rookie phenom was toiling away in Durham.  It turns out, maybe the Rays knew what they were doing.  The Philadelphia Phillies (the same team that beat the Rays in the World Series) jumped all over price in the 1st inning putting up 6 runs.  Of course, it wasn't all Price's fault.  The Rays seemed to have left their defense at Citi Field in New York.  All in all, it was one of those nights you'd like to forget your team ever played.

Here are some things I noticed:

  • David Price to AAA?  The Rays said when they brought him up that he was there to stay.  But, Scott Kazmir is ready to return and the Rays need to make room for him.  Jeff Niemann is out of options.  That leaves Andy Sonnanstine or David Price.  Before last night's game, I was leaning toward Sonnanstine going to the bullpen or Durham.  Price's performance did open a small crack for the Rays to send him back to Durham without really losing face.  Another option: A trade.
  • At least Gabe Kaplar and Jason Bartlett remembered to show up.  Bartlett extended his hit streak to 17 and Kaplar knocked him in for the Rays lone run.  I was going to give the AL's Player of the Week (B.J. Upton) some props until he ran past that ball in center field in the 4th inning.  Don't forget, Bossman, they're always watching.
  • Jamie Moyer owns the Rays.  Moyer reminds me of "Eddie Harris," the old pitcher in Major League that did whatever he could to keep his edge and continue to pitch.  The Rays really had no answer for him.
  • Small crowd for the game.  Uh oh.  The dreaded attendence issue is coming up again.   Last night's crowd of 19,608 was far below what the Rays expected for the World Series rematch and they didn't let us forget it.  Matt Silverman said the team was "perplexed" on last night's crowd.  Joe Maddon said, "the mood lighting wasn't very good."  To be honest, I don't have the answer to the attendance issue.  Maybe it's the stadium.  Maybe this isn't a baseball market.  But, be ready Rays fans, the team is going to push the attendence issue in the battle to get a new stadium.


Matty said...

Does the area really deserve this team if we can't get good crowds for a World Series rematch? If they leave, it's nobody's fault but our own.

Michael_Rays Rev said...

I would prefer to blame the "evil" owner that moves them or the crappy city they move to... but, that's just me. :)

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