Phillies Should Be Worried

Just a couple of quotes I received immediately as the game finished last night…

“Boston needs a Price check”

“David Price is Money”

“The Price is Right”

This kid, David Price, out of Vandy and the #1 pick really proved his worth last night. Still a rookie, being thrown into a bases-loaded, 2 outs situation in the 8th inning of a game 7 and he did not flinch. Struck out J.D. Drew, then struck out two of four batters he faced in the 9th to kill any Red Sox rally. Yes he’s going to be a remarkable starter but the Rays really need to use him as the closer for the World Series.

I’ll say Tampa Bay in 5 which I know will not sit well with some Phillies fan I know but such is this season. Tampa Bay was not supposed to win the AL East. They were not supposed to get out of the first round. They were not supposed to come back after blowing a 7-0 lead in a close-out game. They were not supposed to win game 7 after falling behind.

Phillies are a good team but Tampa Bay played against quality opponents the entire year, had to hold off the Yankees, Red Sox and even held their own again Anaheim. Let’s face it, Philadelphia played no competition close to that in the National League and having the first two games at the trop should make all the difference in this series.

I was tempted to call sweep but I’ll say Philly wins one in their building. Tampa in 5.

Tampa Bay Rays: This Team Is For Real

Can we all just stop expecting the Tampa Bay Rays to just disappear by the end of the season? A team that everyone was saying had to make a move at the deadline to acquire a bat to sure up their weak offense made no such move because they wanted to keep their prospects – and what do they do after the deadline? Go off and sweep the Detroit Tigers while outscoring them 20-10 in the three games.

Last time I wrote about them, New Beast In The AL East, they were in the midst of their longest winning streak of the season so far (7) which was promptly followed by their longest losing streak of the season – also at 7. If there was a good a time as any for a team to fold up and go home it was then. They had squandered a 4 game lead on the division and now were half a game behind the Red Sox. Since then, they have gone 11-5 and once again taken the lead of the division and have given themselves a 3-game cushion.

This team is here to stay and as if their pitching wasn’t solid enough, expect them to call up David Price who was a #1 overall draft pick not too long ago who is tearing up the minor leagues. He is 10-0 in the minors this year with a 1.97 ERA and has a 85/19 K/BB ratio with only 67 hits allowed in 86.2 innings pitched. That’s 8.87 strikeouts every 9 innings by the way and a WHIP of 0.99. Continue reading “Tampa Bay Rays: This Team Is For Real”