ESPN host: Rays have lots of questions
Some morning musings:
* ESPN Baseball Tonight host Steve Berthiaume writes about the Rays today, and he doesn't have much good to say about their chances to get very far. He raises some interesting questions, and some old ones:
As the postseason draws near, however, there are also pressing reasons not to believe in the Rays. They don't hit very much. Yes, they've scored 57 runs in their past 10 games, but Tampa Bay is 23rd in the majors in batting average and 25th in hits. They have outstanding starting and relief pitching, but both areas of the Rays' staff seem top-heavy and not as deep as the games, at times, require. Tampa Bay's short-term prospects seem as hazy as its long-term future; there are questions without clear answers.
* Also from ESPN, 3B Evan Longoria is now atop their Web Gems leaderboard, tracking outstanding defensive plays. The Rays are third overall, behind the Reds and Yankees.
* The Yankees are planning for LHP Andy Pettitte to pitch on Tuesday, but apparently haven't decided where - whether he'll need another minor-league rehab start (and if there is a playoff game that night for him to pitch in) or if he'll come off the DL and face the Rays.