Jays and Rays: For real?

If you’ve been following along in the standings recently, you might be alarmed to see that the Toronto Blue Jays just keep winning. Not only that, but the Tampa Bay Rays are playing really good baseball after a less-than-stellar beginning to 2009. Heck, even the Yankees are doing well again. Comparatively, it seems like the Red Sox keep scuffling, playing .500 ball in May. If this keeps up, we may be in trouble. Let’s take a look at some of the numbers and see who we should fear and how much. Read more of this post

Still Manny?

It used to be a given that you’d get at least 35 HR and 100 RBI annually from Manny Ramirez, but the last time Manny reached those levels was 2006. Since then, people have questioned his motivation (witness taking Septembers off, not running to first base on long flys, the infamous three-pitch strikeout) and his ability (the pressure of 500 HR, he can’t hit a fastball anymore). It has not helped that he’s had some bad PR events happen this season. With this being a contract year for him, it’s time to examine just how much he’s actually slipped.

Read more of this post