Biking for Baseball has completed the longest leg of their summer-long tour to each MLB stadium by bicycle. Houston to Tampa Bay. 1,100 miles. Rainy. Humid. Hot. Now it’s in the books.
It was all worth it because B4B will get to see one of the best teams in baseball, the Tampa Bay Rays. They currently sit one game out of first in the powerhouse AL East after falling to the Mets last night 11-2.
They play the Mets again tonight before B4B sees the same two teams play tomorrow afternoon.
The pitching match-up for Thursday’s game is Jeremy Hellickson for the Rays against Johan Santana for the Mets, one game after surrendering 4 home runs in his first game back after his 134 pitch no-hitter. Continue reading
Last night the Red Sox dropped their fourth straight game in losing 4-1 to the Miami Marlins. The Red Sox offence has been virutally non-existent in the last four scoring only 10 runs in those games. It’s a surprising turn of events considering the pitching has been the problem for the majority of the season. For the season the Red Sox rank 2nd in all of baseball with 307 runs scored. Conversely the pitching staff ranks 28th in baseball with a 4.45 ERA. The four games are a small sample size but it’s a microcosm of the Sox season.
When one facet of the game is going well another is letting the team down. Right now that is the offence.
What makes matters worse is while the Red Sox are struggling their rivals are beginning to pull away. The AL East leading Yankees and Rays have both won their last four and now sit 6.5 games ahead of the Red Sox. The Rays are 6-3 in the month of June while the Yankees are 8-2. The Red Sox are 4-6. Again it’s only a small sample but the Red Sox just can’t seem to sustain a prolonged stretch of series’ victories. With all four AL East rivals above .500 the Red Sox are toiling in the basement at 29-32. Continue reading