Satan and sunbeams outnumber sailors 3-2

Rays shine all over Major League Baseball. Tampa earned its MLB franchise in 1998 with the founding of Rays, who was born and raised in Tropicana Field, home of orange juice and fewer hurricanes. Devil’s rays were then, in honor of the majestic natural wonders of the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay that bear their name. It would be 11 years until they gave up their bunker reputation, with only one finish higher than fifth (fourth, 2004) in their debut decade. When they showed up it was real, rocket to World Championship A 97-win season resulted in one of my all-time favorite Sports Illustrated covers.

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What a joy, the humble 2008, newly renamed Rays, overcomes the terrible Yankees. This would become, if not a trend, at least a possibility, with Tampa having eight +90 win seasons in the last 14. Although they managed to remain anonymous and uncompetitive for another four years in late 2010, they were A different kind of display. After 2008 transformed from devil rays to mere rays, retaining a hint of Mobulidae roots while also embracing the cheery vibe of the bright Florida sun. Using a number of collective bargaining agreements, Tampa has built a low-paid competitive club on 53-pick appearances in the first 100 MLB draft picks in the past 14 years. One of his 33 first-round picks in that 14-year stint, tonight’s starting bowler, Drew Rasmussen is admittedly one of only two of those 33 who did not sign on draft day with Tampa Bay. They later tracked down a Puyallup, Washington native and recruited him into their service by trading with Milwaukee Brewers. Although the trade garnered Milwaukee a brief star in Willie Adams, tonight Rasmussen looked like a gem, helping Tampa’s delicate spin to soak up the roles in the sun.

Making six hits, with nine hits and only one walk, Rasmussen was absolutely stunning with the Mariners’ hitters all evening with his cut and speedball. It was a great show, although every Mariners contact managed to find a gauntlet. Disappointing as it may be, Tampa Bay edged out Seattle, even though a folding hand was distributed from the start.

This means, of course, that with one and quick Randy Arozerina out in third, Marco Gonzalez was knocked out of the bout at the bottom of the first half by laser Harold Ramirez. The single player clocked 109 mph Arozerena and changed the course of the game. Fortunately, the line’s engine seemed to fail to break a bone when he hit Gonzalez on his left wrist, but sent Gonzalez to the coach’s table and Johan Ramirez jogging down the hill.

At this time I will collect for Ramirez a small and delicious bouquet of flowers. Did Ramirez lose the two home runs to Kevin Kiermayer in the fourth that would ultimately prove the difference in the match? Yeah. Did he load bases per second on one hit, walk, and hard cut ones? Yeah. Was he horrified to watch/listen to him on my 75-minute drive from West Seattle? Yeah. Have you lost the plot of why Johan deserves honors? Can. But no, Ramirez did 3.2 runs of two-ball runs, no

Play no less than 40 Sun Demons for Seattle MarinersNot exactly ambitious, but competitive enough under the circumstances to be appreciated. Behind him – Matt Vista, Drew Steakinraider, and yes even Justus Sheffield, weaved another safety net that they extended under the Tropicana Field pass. They succeeded in 4.2 rounds, three strokes, one walk and three strokes, and yielded no runs. If only the offense could meet their effort.

Instead, a wasted evening in Tampa, albeit full of adversity. Marco Gonzalez received the biggest benefit from the added negative winning probability, but it was a rough day for a few hopefuls. The 12 successful hits marked a milestone for a club that has impressively avoided appearing without the board so far in 2022. Cal Raleigh looked completely lost on the plate, while Jared Kilinic was frustratingly disappointed. Jesse Winker couldn’t recreate his magic on Sunday afternoon with the runners in the scoring center, and Abraham Torow and JB Crawford rallied one home run, which is the real disappointment of the day.

It was, after all, a disappointing loss not because of circumstances that could have easily given way to the blast, but because it was still so close. A benevolent reading of the circumstances shows the club has achieved much, if not most of it from bad standing, while a less rosy view sees the thin rotation exposed for the first time in 2022, and a long, uncertain road trip is already showing cracks. A planned tomorrow awaits Tampa, while the theoretical opposite of such a thing, super-competent Chris Flexen, stares at them.