Tampa Bay Rays Analysis

Cornielius Jackson-EdwardsCorrespondent IMay 9, 2009

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 30: Manager Joe Maddon #70 of  the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates a run against the Boston Red Sox April 30, 2009 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The 2009 Tampa Bay Rays as of right now aren’t bad, but they also aren’t that great yet. They are improving themselves now very nicely. They beat the division rivals Boston Red Sox 14-5 today.

Their bull pen has started improving, but they weren’t as bad as they were years before ‘08. 

The Rays offense has been amazing with Carlos Pena leading the league in home runs, Evan Longoria leading the league in Evan Longoria leading the league in RBI’s, and Carl Crawford leading the league in steals. I think the Rays can win the ALCS again.

The A.L. East Division is the toughest division in the Major League, and the most teams the East can send to the playoffs in two, so I think the Rays should be allowed to move to the West Division because they’d have easier teams to play, and they could be in the playoffs with a good record. The Yankees and Red Sox are known as good teams, but they are the biggest rivals in sports, so they need to stay together to be big rivals, and the Blue Jays should join the N.L. East Division, and the Pirates should be in the A.L. East so Pennsylvania has one American League team and one National League team. I’d like to see a 2010 MLB realignment like the NFL had in 2002. West Coast teams have been so terrible in the past, and that goes back and forth in my head. Leagues always have teams spotted in a region they shouldn’t be in.

Did you know that the Tampa Bay Rays scored 15 less runs in ‘08 than they did in ‘07? But look at how much better the Rays were in ‘08. The Rays were so much better in ‘08 because of their defense, pitching, and teamwork.

I’ve been a Rays fan since 2004, and it is great to being a fan of a team that was the laughingstock of baseball, then their first playoff appearance, they beat the Red Sox in the ALCS. 

The Rays are the third out-of-nowhere team to go to the World Series. I also think they are the fastest expansion game since 1960 to make it to the World Series.

Go Rays, let’s win it all.