Even with all the craziness surrounding the Rays during the Vince Namoli era, this week in Tampa Bay Rays history has to go down as one of the craziest and most disappointing weeks wrapped into one. The Rays were 0-3 as the week began and had a two game series with the Anaheim Angels at Tropicana Field. The restless offense had its hand full with Angel starters Dan Haren and Jared Weaver. The Rays lost both games to drop to 0-5 and headed to Chicago to open a 4-game series with the White Sox. The White Sox sent Edwin Jackson up against the Rays to open the series and he struck out 13 Rays in 8 innings en route to a 5-1 White Sox victory.
Pitching Matchups in Fenway Park: The Rays will send Jeremy Hellickson up against Daisuke Matsuzaka on Monday night, David Price versus Jon Lester on Tuesday night, and James Shield versus John Lackey on Wednesday night.
Pitching Matchups against Minnesota Twins: Wade Davis vs Carl Pavano (Thursday), Jeff Niemann vs Nick Blackburn (Friday), Scott Baker vs Jeremy Hellickson (Saturday afternoon), and David Price vs Brian Duensing (Sunday).
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This is a very important week fo Rays fans. A few wins in Boston including watching the offense break out may lead to some recovered spirits as the Rays return home. Losing the series to Boston, or worse yet a sweep, and the Rays fan base can do nothing else but adjust their expectations even lower than they were after leaving Chicago.
Finally, in order to capture the debates surrounding the team amongst all of us in GDTs and in Twitter, I've allowed Sternfan1 to submit a "SF1 Blast Off" for inclusion. Follow Sternfan1 on Twitter @sternfan10.
SF1 BLASTS OFF
Did anyone think it could get worse than last week's recap, the sweep at home by BAL? Well, as we know it did. First off, what Manny Ramirez did to this organization was cruel, thoughtless, and unforgivable. On the other hand, I'm going to point a finger in the direction of the once Teflon-like Andrew Friedman. This is his team. He sold us into believing John Jaso, Reid Brignac, Dan Johnson, Matt Joyce and even Ben Zobrist were capable and beyond every day MLB players. Well, guess what? They're not...and for this he must be held accountable.Also, as for the bullpen, Jake McGee and Cesar Ramos are making me long for the days of Jeff Ridgeway.The sad part is there is no quick fix, no player in Triple-A who is going to help right away. The long road back begins today.