Through a combination of finishing some projects early, and having others moved back, coupled with the man keeping a close watch over our charge-ability, I found myself taking PTO today with a rare opportunity to take in a weekday afternoon Rays game. It was a dandy of a match up: Halladay vs. Price.
Today Tropicana Field played host to tens of thousands of youth campers from across the bay area. In the past this game amused me because, in stark contrast to most weekday afternoon games, they were heavily attended by kids who were really into the game and who wanted the Rays to win. Rays management generally invited the campers for sub-par games. Times have changed; the campers weren't the only ones interested today.
David Price had some good stuff today. He used his slider and fastball effectively to put batters away (he struck out Lyle Overbay three times), and logged 6 quality innings en route to the Rays win. You gotta feel good about starts like these from Price. You have to say it was his best outing this year. Only 1 walk, with 6 hits scattered in 6 innings, and he got out of trouble in the 6th by putting away Overbay to end the threat. Second win in the last two weeks over Halladay for the Rays too. Now if we could only meet expectations against the Derek Hollands and Tommy Hunters of the league.
Rays wrap up the first half with a three game set against Oakland. Try to bridle your enthusiasm, because it will crush your soul when Vin Mazzaro, Gio Gonzalez, and Brett Anderson do things to the league's second most potent offense that they have no business doing
As I type we sit 4 games behind the Yankees for the Wild Card spot. July is really too early to be making statements like that. Look at the number of disappointments this team has endured and it has to make you feel good about a second half surge. Imagine how many games this team wins in April during Longoria's hot streak, if BJ Upton was getting on base then at the rate he has been lately. The bullpen is starting to come around, and the starting pitching is too talented to be this inconsistent all year.
Brace yourself for another playoff hunt.