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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Justin Williams was consistent

So was Alex Colome.

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals
“Mr. Consistent” is a good name for a horse. A good number is 40.
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Mark Topkin wrote an article about the Rays needing to find consistency. That’s fine, easy copy, but it means I have to write some easy copy too.

Consistency is usually bogus. Baseball teams go up and down, naturally, over the course of a season. It happens to everyone. When we’re talking about how a team or a player just isn’t consistent, usually what we actually mean is that they’re not great.

If the Rays were a great team, we wouldn’t talk about inconsistency. Because they’re somewhere on the spectrum from below average to good, their peaks look good and make us expect better, while their troughs look bad, so we talk about inconsistency.

As I said, it’s fine. Topkin can be lazy sometimes, I can be lazy sometimes. If we were great writers, we wouldn’t be doing this, and you’d be having a better morning.

This bat flip did help my morning, though.

Justin Williams deserves to flip a bat, if anyone does.

And finally, Steve Cishek doesn’t want you to write any “The Rays fixed Cishek” articles about him