Aug 24, 2011

Dwindling hope

by Aaron Giddens

Here we are gang, the final 5 weeks of the season and the Rays sit 81/2 back of a playoff spot and we're chasing two of the biggest money bags in baseball. The Rays have work to do, but them doing their job won't be all that's needed for the Rays to have their miracle playoff spot. They also need the Yankees or Red Sox to have a collapse, and I think we all know how likely that is. Not very.

The good news is that the Rays are by large playing their best baseball possible. Evan Longoria has emerged from his 2 year slump. He's red hot and is back to being the third baseman we fell in love with in the 2008 ride to the World Series. The player that won the 2008 AL Rookie of the Year award. Johnny Damon and Casey Kotchman have been godsends. When Pena was lost to free agency this past offseason I was sure that our replacement would never live up to the glove that Carlos took to the north side of Chicago. I was wrong. I'm happy I was wrong. Our defense has benefited from the gold glove caliber emergence of Reid Brignac, Sean Rodriguez and Sam Fuld.

Other good news include the recent permanent call up of Desmond Jennings has been spectacular to witness. Is his short time up he's batted .330 and belted 5 home runs. He's also stolen 13 bases. And man this boy has speed.

On the other hand, we have to beat the Yankees or the Red Sox to have a playoff spot. We all know a collapse by one of these two, while not impossible, is not likely. Still don't count us out. These Rays know no quit. And until the Yankees or Red Sox both secure playoff spots the Rays will fight. But my hope for a playoff spot is dwindling and it doesn't help that we got beat by the Tigers last night with a two run 7th.

All in all, hope is dwindling but it's not gone yet. The Rays still have a shot at the play offs. We just need to pray and let the Rays, Red Sox and Yankees take care of the rest. CHARGE!!!

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