Tagged: Net Lag

Net lagged: The Rays effect

You know the story. A nightmare start to the roadtrip. More injuries. A struggling offense.

And then the Rays effect takes over.

Due to one thing and another, I’ve just finished watching Wednesday night’s game three of the Boston series. I watched games one and two on Wednesday and Thursday, hence the longer than usual net lag delay. But, in the end, it was worth the wait.

After arriving in Boston, things started with a scare as reliever Juan Salas had an epileptic seizure. He’s fine, and back with the team, but its harldly a calming way to start a crucial series. Then the game came, Edwin Jackson gave up three runs in the first inning, and things looked grim…

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Net lag: Gold Gloves all round

Wow.

What a play that was.

So, last night I just about managed to watch the whole of Tuesday night’s series opener against the Cubs, and boy am I glad I did. It was a truly fantastic game of baseball that had just about everything. I mean, the first eight innings were entertaining enough, but the top of the ninth… Wow, just wow.

Scott Kazmir got the start, and was pitching pretty well – he didn’t allow a hit through the first four innings, but was throwing a lot of pitches. By the time he came out for the fifth, the Rays were 1-0 up thanks to a Cliff Floyd homerun. Unfortunately, Kaz couldn’t get out of the inning, allowing three hits and a run, and leaving with two outs and the bases loaded, having thrown 110 pitches on the night.

Thats ok, here come the cavalry. Grant Balfour, who has been solid since getting called up…

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Net lag: Monday Night Rays go back-to-back-to-back

I hope that no-one will mind that I am only mentioning last night’s defeat to the Angels in passing – I didn’t watch it live (with a 3am start time, I think I am excused that), and I won’t have the chance to watch it tonight. But its another road loss for James Shields, and it sounds like a tough one, where he was making his pitches, but just got beat by good hitting a couple of times. Thems the breaks.

Monday night’s game, on the other hand, I did watch, and so saw all the breaks going the Rays way. Actually thats underselling things a little, because against the in-form Joe Saunders our hitters really found their swing…

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Net lag: Another series win

Just a quick note on games 2 and 3 of the Rangers series, as I was rather doing other things while I had the two games on, and while Tuesday’s loss was very disappointing, Wednesday’s was extrememly encouraging.

On Tuesday, Andy Sonnanstine made his second poor start in a row, giving up 7 runs…

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Net lag: K-K-K-K-K-K-K-K-K-Kazmir

Well, its Wednesday morning, which must mean that its about time to talk about Monday night’s game.

Which, I think it would be fair to say, I enjoyed a lot. And that is in no small part down to Mr Scott Kazmir. I said a week or so ago that, despite racking up three straight wins he still wasn’t at his best. Well, last night he was…

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Net lag: Lucky 13

Watching Monday night’s game yesterday, I was struck by just one single thought as the game neared its finish – “please, not another walk-off!” And, after falling to two consecutive walk-off defeats in St Louis, the bullpen was indeed back on form yesterday, denying Oakland 5 opportunities to wrap up the game with a single swing…

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Best. News. Ever. Plus, Net lag: Of Perci and E-Jax

The first thing I do every morning when I get in to work is, as I’m sure is the case with most people, check my e-mails. And then delete most of them. Including the one from the Rays saying ‘Postgame alert for the Tampa Bay Rays’. I mean, I don’t want to know what happened in last nights game until I watch it!

But this morning there was a second e-mail from the Rays. And its subject made me very happy indeed…

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