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Rays Run Rampant

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The tales of their untimely demise have been greatly exaggerated, etc., etc. But not just that, this, too: Desmond Jennings is still in the minors awaiting his shot to be the next Evan Longoria. Oh, yeah, and Evan Longoria is still awaiting his rehab assignment and eventual return to the team.

The Rays have been doing this, you see, without Manny Ramirez, Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena, Evan Longoria, multiple pieces of last year’s lights-out bullpen, and their Next Big Thing, Jennings.

And boy, oh boy, have they been doing it, and the words “Red Hot” may not be enough to cover it.

They’ve won five straight.

They blew the Twins out of the water, dropping the Twins to the worst record in the AL and the worst run differential in baseball. Good thing I’m nursing both a hangover and my hopes for Minnesota with a “small sample size” mantra-kinda’ thing: whenever I feel like I’m going to vomit I put my head between my knees and repeat “small sample size, small sample size, SMALL sample size,” over and over until the sensation passes.

As of April 10, the Rays were 1-8, and they had scored 20 runs while allowing 44 (Pythogorean winning percentage of .191).

Terrible.

But from April 11 forward through the 28th, the Rays are 13-3, and they have scored 88 runs while allowing only 46 (Pythogorean winning percentage of .766). Thrilling.

They are good. They are fun to watch. Yes, their home games are still played inside an oversized tuna can. But they are a good team that is stocked with young talent and is fun to watch.

Watch the Rays.

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Written by jjvedamuthu

April 29, 2011 at 17:51

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