With the season so close that we can taste it's salty, acrid breath hot against our throats I thought now would be a good time to introduce a new weekly series that I hope the readership will find to be a good resource. I'm sure you have noticed that with all the quality writing that comes out on a daily basis that great topics end up getting pushed off the page in only a day or two.
This is a good problem to have (think Sean Rodriguez, Matt Joyce, Reid Brignac type of problem) and hopefully these weekly recaps will keep some of your favorite topics front-of-mind a little bit longer. The aim is to stir up dialogue after everyone has had a few days to let the ideas marinate and to take into account new information that may have come through. Use the comments to rehash thoughts on each topic (please put the title of the article in the subject line). Who loves you and who do you love? Without further adieu it's time to start recapping!
Tommy took a look at what is becoming an increasingly rare phenomenon, a 5-man staff compiling une mille innings.
I calculated and compiled the Rays positional players projected WAR using an average of the common projection numbers.
Erik made an interesting comparison between 2009's surprise starter with 2008's biggest surprise
Steve fed us a dose of reality when it comes to the various projection systems based on their use of the 50th percentile.
Various things made out with each other until Reich Raccoon made an appearance, Rays shut out Boston 7-0 behind Wade Davis and Andy Sonnanstine's dueling solid 4-inning stints.
Tommy reminded us that Mountain Man Dan Wheeler is really, really good against righties, not as good against lefties.
St. Paddy's Day, Rays wore green hats, won 5-2, made green hats and beer a new tradition. Also, a Sori sighting.
Erik dropped knowledge, what else is new.
FreeZo did some serious compiling and we found out that The March Hammer has been even better than we thought.
FreeZo reminded us that these two are probably closer than we think and that it might not all come down to who's better now.
Pena got his first hit (DINGER!) and we were reminded how Jeff Bennett has no business being on a ML field.
Spurred by the silly Cliff Lee suspension, RZ took a look at historical HBP/game rates and noticed a recent downward trend.
Steve used Sky's new toy to give us a new idea of what exactly Sori means to this team. Fitting that news that Peezy will miss the first month is announced shortly after.
Part two of a pivotal home-and-home with the enemy. Rays won 6-2 over a NYY ss. Niemann looked real strong.
Tommy delivers some devastating news, much conjecture ensued.
Steve took a look at some of our trades and how others are finally starting to pick up on this.
Sternfan made a funny, Navi got hurt on a collision, Rays lost, Price was not impressive, blah
E-Dawg gave us an update on Navi's injury including an update from Friedmanster
Steve looked at some things that are interesting, to say the least
I hope everyone takes a couple of minutes to comment on your favorite posts or at least to review some of the interesting conclusions that we were able to come to as an intelligent community.