Sunday, April 11, 2010

Patience, Grasshopper!

Thank You for your patience as we prepare to make the long over-due switch to our permanent site.

Go Rays

Thursday, April 8, 2010

CHEESE & WHINE: Bad Calls? No Problem.

O's: 3

  • Matt Garza. G-Man overcame a rough start (25 pitch 1st), and worked through 8; giving-up only 1 earned run on only 4 hits, while walking 2 and striking-out 9. It did cost him 114 pitches which I think is a bit high, but hey, its early.
  • Evan Longoria. Dirt McGirt was 2 for 4 from the plate with a double, another solo homer, and 3 RBI. I'm not sure about this kid- I wonder if he'll make it at this level?
  • Reid Brignac. His swing looks miles better than it did last season, and he's peppering the ball around the park as a result. In his 2010 debut he went 2 for 3 from the plate and scored a run.


  • Bad calls. The Crawford strike-out/Brignac throw-out was a complete farce, and could've cost the Rays big. Then in the top of the ninth, in a save situation, Soriano was robbed of an obvious strike-out which resulted in a walk that later turned into a run.
  • Pat Burrell. Is it too soon to start ragging on Patrick? Kevin Kennedy "loves what he's seen so far", really? You love a 2 game line of 1 for 7 with 3 K's and about a half a dozen left on base? Come on dude, earn your pay for at least a few months.


  • I was all set to report a decent attendence number, but it turns out (according to MLB) that last night's attendence was only 15,220. I really foresaw a number more like 18 or 19K, but I guess 15K for a Wednesday against the O's is just the reality of Rays baseball- doesn't mean I have to like it.
  • After 3 games the Sox are 1.5 games back (let's not point out that they played the champs while we played the O's- let's just enjoy the stat).

CAVIAR (Game Ball):

  • Matt Garza. I'll take more of the same for the next 25-30 starts please.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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Walk-Off Winners

In a departure from our signature daily recap, "Cheese & Whine", today's post is just a compilation of various, random thoughts from the Rays' 2010 debut.

-Evan Longoria is a stud, but his K's are gonna sky-rocket this season as he starts to get a "homerun happy" mentality.

-Soriano is a Troy Percival redux, and my cardiologist is licking his chops.

-CC is ready for another big season and a subsequent big contract from NY- can they really have two CC's on one team?

-Sean Rodriguez was pressing in an attempt to prove his offensive prowess.

-How many games before we get Brian Anderson in the booth with Dewayne?

-No errors by either team in the season opener, somewhat unusual.

-The bullpen is in trouble in JP's absence.

-Jason Bartlett is going to prove to the world that 2009 was his rule not his exception.

-The Rays are undefeated.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Tampa Bay Rays 2010 Opening Day Starting Lineup (Projected)


Actual lineup as posted in the Rays' clubhouse this morning (The Heater):

1. Bartlett ss
2.Crawford lf
3. Zobrist rf
4. Longoria 3b
5. Pena 1b
6. Upton cf
7. Burrell dh
8. Rodriguez 2b
9. Navarro c

Shields p

Projected Opening Day Lineup/Batting order

1) SS Jason Bartlett
2)LF Carl Crawford
3) RF Ben Zobrist
4) 1B Carlos Pena
5) 3B Evan Longoria
6) CF B.J. Upton
7) DH Pat Burrell
8) C Kelly Shoppach
9) 2B Reid Brignac

SP) James Shields

That'll do...

For Tampa Bay Rays, One More Day

The sun is shining, the smell of fresh-cut grass hangs heavily in the air, and Tampa Bay Rays' baseball finally kicks-off in just over twenty-four hours.

The roster has been pared down to 25 (and 40), the clubhouse is set, and the Yankees are already falling behind. The smile on my face is nearly permanent) except when I remember that the Red Sox are already atop the division, a fact which I hope is short-lived). So without any further ado:

"Let's get it on!"

Game 1
Tuesday, April 6 @ 7:10
Kevin Millwood, RHP (0-0, -.--) -vs- James Shields, RHP (0-0, -.--)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Rays The Stakes: Preparing for a More Limited Role

As we rapidly approach a new season (finally), I wanted to reach out and let everyone know that although things have gotten extremely hectic at the DirtbagFan household we still intend to cover our beloved Rays, albeit in a more limited role, but we'll be here none the less- I have too many opinions to keep quiet for too long.

In the meantime keep up with all your Rays' needs at Rays Index, and be certain to continue to support the BBA for everything else.

Check back often.

Thanks for your support,


Saturday, February 6, 2010


Dear Readers,

Over the last few months I've decided to go back to school for another degree, had my 4th "little dirtbag fan", and have been pressing forward with my forthcoming novel. As a result, Rays The stakes has been steadily losing ground as it slips down the priority list. I still intend to try to get it going again when the season starts, but probably not before.

Thanks for your support!


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Niemann Takes Fourth

Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of voting for the BBA's rookie of the year awards; if you'll remember I voted for Tampa's own Jeff Niemann, but in the end he finished 4th (behind Bailey, Porcello, and Andrus respectively), despite my poignant statistical evidence that Niemann's performance proved to be the most deserving of the award.
Check out my reasoning here.

Well, it turns out that the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BWAA) agreed (for the most part) with the sentiments of the BBA, giving the award to Bailey, followed by Andrus, Porcello, and Niemann in a distant fourth.

All four players had stellar seasons, but I still feel as if Andrus was a media darling who only received so many looks based on how often his name was bandied about by the mainstream media, but I digress.

Congrats to Niemann and all of he finalists.

Friday, November 13, 2009

What About Bronze?

Evan Longoria received his first Gold Glove Award earlier this week, and now has been honored with a Silver Slugger Award.

What is a Silver Slugger Award? Its an award given to the best offensive player at each position from both leagues. What makes this award valid is the fact that its voted on by the managers and coaches (they may not vote for players on their own squad).

Longoria finished the 2009 campaign with 113 RBI and 33 homeruns (shhh, don't tell anyone how many GIDP's he had (27)).

Dirtbag is the youngest third baseman to receive the award, and the second Tampa Bay player (Carlos Pena).

So what's next, the Bronze Belt Buckle Award?

Congrats Mr D.!