Extra innings the evening prior to a day game are never ideal, and are especially unenjoyable when the result is a loss at the hands of a worn out bullpen and wasted offensive opportunities.
Don't be mistaken, the bullpen did their job, covering 8.2 innings at the hands of Brandon Gomes, Heath Bell, Jake McGee, Joel Peralta, Grant Balfour and Josh Lueke; 7.2 of those scoreless.
Erik Bedard will make today's start, and the Rays need him to have a strong showing, as there isn't much left in means of fresh arms. Per Joe Maddon, they "definitely need some innings" from Bedard, and post game Maddon still wasn't sure if a move would be made for additional relief help.
"Use pine tar," they say... "You won't get caught," they say...
Pineda simply made an error in judgement Joe Girardi says— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) April 24, 2014
Pineda admits he used pine tar #Yankees— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) April 24, 2014
Yankees GM Brian Cashman says organization is embarrassed and expects Pineda to be suspended— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) April 24, 2014
Yeah, Pineda, not your smartest move, buddy. We already wondered about you dippin' into the tar on April 10th, and last night you didn't do much, if anything, to hide it.
(Sidenote, the comment chain under this particular tweet are pretty amusing.)
From our wise friend Gabe Kapler:
C'mon, Pineda. This is like getting pulled over by a cop, him not giving you a ticket, & you peeling out in front of him as you drive away.— gabe kapler (@gabekapler) April 23, 2014
- There's a mysterious toilet emblazoned with a Rays logo in the dugout, with the significance remaining a team secret for now. I can already think of a few not-so-friendly meanings the fan base that lurks this comment section will come up with for this one...
- Fangraphs calculated the most improved pitchers thus far by projected WAR, with Chris Archer making the five-player list at number four.
- The tricky task of simulating and identifying platoon players, from Hardball Times. Multiple former Rays mentioned, along with David DeJesus.
- Really interesting look at the pace of the pitchers at Beyond the Box Score, and whether they're consistent, or if pitchers with more pitches in their repertoire are slower, due to having more options.
- Nick Young: stick to basketball.
- Thanks to Ryan Gillis for sharnig this - a map from the NY Times showing which baseball teams are most popular with Facebook fans in every ZIP code. Thoughts?