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Old 04-03-2013, 06:32 PM
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After the Sox the Rays are my 2nd favorite team but I wonder what some of you think of their chances this year. The hype in the Tampa papers yesterday along with the pre games shows were just about proclaiming the Rays as World Champions. I just don't see it. They lost a damn good center fielder in Upton and their second best starter in Shields. Sam Fuld was the starting right fielder in the opener, wow. After Longoria and Zobrist there is just not a lot to get excited about with the offense. If they have a chance at the postseason they will have to pitch lights out.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:42 PM
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I love their pitching, but their lineup is abysmal. If they're going to make the playoffs, Wil Myers is going to have to be a stud from the moment he's called up.
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:36 PM
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I love their pitching, but their lineup is abysmal. If they're going to make the playoffs, Wil Myers is going to have to be a stud from the moment he's called up.
It seems like this is said every year, and they still manage to get it done. Even in the stacked AL East I think they've earned the benefit of the doubt.
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:48 PM
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It seems like this is said every year, and they still manage to get it done. Even in the stacked AL East I think they've earned the benefit of the doubt.
I agree. The Blue Jays should be much better and the Red Sox marginally better than last season, but the Yankees are a mess and the O's won't be as lucky in close games than they were last season. I think the Rays are still the team to be beat in the division.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:22 PM
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I think the Rays will always have a strong on-field product with Madden managing the team. They seem to lose players and bounce back with a level of consistency.

I think the pre-season hype is based more on the problems the Red Sox and Yankees have vs. the status of the Rays.

Just like Baltimore last year, I expect another dark horse contender out of the AL East this year - The Blue Jays!
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:31 AM
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Stay classy, Rays fans...

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