Rays weak offense lacks punch to beat Boston

Image credit: <a href='http://www.123rf.com/photo_9637568_an-illustration-of-a-fist-breaking-through-a-wall-conceptual-piece.html'>Krisdog / 123RF Stock Photo</a>The Boston Red Sox potent offense, led by Will Middlebrooks, defeated the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday afternoon in St. Petersburg to take the series 2-1. Rays starter James Shields has now given up 10 or more hits in his last four starts, and Boston starter Josh Beckett continued his domination against the Rays striking out seven in only six innings pitched.

With two outs in the ninth Hideki Matsui had a bases loaded opportunity but weakly flew out to the warning track in right. The last out of the game was a fitting conclusion to a hard fought series by both teams, Tampa Bay had plenty of chances but continually proved that the absence of Evan Longoria is evident in nearly every loss. The adjectives are running out to describe how streaky the Rays offense has been this season.

The injuries and lack of lineup consistency have led fans to see the good, the bad and the ugly of the Rays offense.

The Red Sox were lead offensively by Mike Aviles and Will Middlebrooks, each having two RBI. The Rays scored all three of their runs in the first inning, they had plenty of chances by amassing ten hits, but none of the hits came at the most important times, with runners on base. Continue reading

Biking for Baseball Midseason Awards

Biking for Baseball has now visited 15 MLB stadiums and watched 15 “official” games this summer. We put together a Midseason Award list that was determined by compiling stats and personal experiences from the 15 games we’ve seen. Enjoy!

MVP – Justin Smoak – Mariners 5/12, 8 RBI, 4 runs, 2 BB, 1 2B, 3 HR.

We’ve seen the Mariners play 3 times this season, and it seems like Smoak saves his best games for when B4B is in attendance.

CY Young – Brandon Morrow – Blue Jays 9 IP, 3 hits, 0 runs, 8 K. Morrow pitched a complete game shutout against the Angels. He was dominant. Worthy of a B4B Cy Young

Rookie of the YearMike Trout – Angels. Trout had 2 of the 3 hits the Angels managed in the game we saw them, although Vernon Wells and Albert Pujols both grounded into double plays when he got on base. Continue reading