What kind of Rays blogger doesn’t post anything during the biggest weekend series so far this year? The superstitious kind.
What a weird weekend, huh? There is a lot to take away from the Rays commanding series victory that all but ended Boston’s summer.
Putting aside the bullpen, Dan Johnson, Carl Crawford, and Glass Jawed Martinez, I think the biggest thing this weekend taught us about the 2010 season is the realization that the 2010 Rays are not the 2008 Rays.
The 2008 Rays were a hungry, young team coming off a 2007 last-place finish. They were excited to be in the hunt but nervous late in games. Every time they fell behind in a game or their bullpen got into trouble they started looking around the dugout wondering if this was finally the day that their carriage would turn back into a pumpkin. That team looked at a late season series win over the Red Sox as an upset.
The 2010 Rays have a much different makeup. They have spent the entire season as the best or second best team in baseball. They come to the park and expect to win; no matter the opponent or the significance of the game. That is why they score so many runs late in games. Deficits and missed opportunities do not intimidate a team that knows it is better than its opponent.
At no point during the weekend did the Rays look nervous. At no point during the weekend did the Rays seem like they were pressing. They just waited for a window (be it a wide throw to first, or stupid high fastballs to Dan Johnson and Carl Crawford) and capitalized.
This series win was no upset.