Well, for readers of previous editions of the CVC, you know that I have this thing for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Okay, it's more like an obsession. I can't explain the reasons for this obsession, but I've actually flown to Tampa in the past just to see the D-Rays play baseball -- and voluntarily going to Tropicana Field for a baseball game is clear sings of derangement, especially if you live in Texas.
But, that said, it's nice to see the team getting some love from the experts at Sports Illustrated. That said, I've got to state, this is the D-Rays. I've actually read such about the D-Rays before, but the team has gone on to flop. Anybody out there remember the positive press the team got when hired Lou Piniella?
The D-Rays, as the SI guys say, do have a very good outfield. If you don't know who Carl Crawford is, then you just haven't been paying attention to baseball. But, as any baseball fan can tell you, it doesn't matter how many runs that the team score, what matters is the number of runs surrendered by the pitching staff. And the D-Rays? Well, except for Scott Kazmir -- I still can't believe that the D-Rays fleeced the Mets for this guy -- the D-Rays have no pitching. There's no closer. There's no number 5 starter. There's no number 2 starter.
Thankfully, the D-Rays play in the same division as the Baltimore Orioles, so there's always hope that the team won't finish in last place. But until the D-Rays can rob some other team for a young up-and-coming starter pitcher, it's never going to challenge for anything. Then again, it's in the same division as the Yankees and Red Sox, so it's always going to be hard for the D-Rays to challenge for anything but last.
And that's been the first of probably too many Tampa Bay Devil Rays updates.