Monday, April 19, 2010

Rays giving Yankees a run for their title

The Tampa Bay Rays just swept the Boston Red Sox in a four-game series at Fenway Park. The latest Boston massacre shouldn't be a big surprise even with the Red Sox struggling with injuries and a lack of offense, especially from David Ortiz. It was up to Red Sox starter John Lackey to stop the bleeding today and he couldn't do it. But it's not entirely his fault. The Rays really are that good and are taking direct aim at the American League East title.

After losing two of three games to the New York Yankees, the Rays have come back to win seven games in a row, more impressive because those wins have all come on the road. Tampa Bay is a dynamic team with a dynamite offense, with Evan Longoria, BJ Upton and Carlos Pena bashing the ball. Their starting rotation is equally strong, led by Matt Garza, who has already won three games with a 0.75 ERA.

Joe Maddon’s guys look like they want to get back the form that took them to the World Series two years ago. But the current champs are in their way and have shown no signs they are ready to relinquish their throne. The competition will be neck and neck, which should make for a fun year.

Thanks to imagesbyferg via Wikipedia for the photo.

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