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Gomes out of the lineup?
Posted by Bret Cohen at 7/8/2007 2:21:00 PM
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On the heels of a Tampa Tribune report that Jonny Gomes might lose playing time when B.J. Upton returns from injury, Gomes is currently 4-for-4 with two doubles, a homer, and three RBI in Sunday's game against Kansas City the last before the All-Star break. Which begs the question: why take Gomes out of the lineup? He showed he could hit with a .534 slugging percentage in 2005, and is quickly proving that his poor last season could be attributed to his injury. With Upton in center, Delmon Young in right field, and Ty Wigginton at second base, the Rays' only options to steal at-bats from Gomes at DH are Greg Norton, Jorge Cantu, Dustan Mohr, and Josh Wilson. If Gomes loses any playing time in favor of that group -- granted, the Tribune report doesn't quote any official source -- then the Rays will really be doing something wrong.


Comments....

It *raises* the question, it doesn't beg it.

I agree with your overall point about Gomes, however.
Posted by Erickson at 7/8/2007 4:39:00 PM
 
Jeff is right, and Tampa Bay, as per usual, is clueless: http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/begs.html
Posted by spianow at 7/8/2007 5:15:00 PM
 
i would trade anyone they have for bullpen help
Posted by koaj at 7/9/2007 1:11:00 PM
 
All good points, but .... did any of you experts see Sunday's game? Gomes misplayed not one not two but _three_ fly balls in right field in the eighth inning, leading to at least four Kansas City runs, kinda wiping out that 4-for-4 and then some. While Gomes can play the OF in a pinch, leave him out there long enough and bad things will happen. Having said all that, if it gets down to Gomes vs Norton for DH at-bats, eventually, Gomes will wind up with a majority of those at-bats. And, as for "trading anyone they have for bullpen help" .... no. If they're in last place now, why trade any real talent for a fungible reliever that won't help them get out of last place? Their focus this season should be placed on either developing those relievers (Hammel, Switzer, etc) or picking them up as spring NRIs in the offseason.
Posted by sixsigmagus at 7/9/2007 4:58:00 PM
 
sixsigmagus

i have seen the TB pen blow at least 10 games this year...probably more than that if i combed the boxscores. instead of 19 under, a 10 game swing would result in them being a 500 team...which is good enough for 2nd in the Al East this year

how long can shields and kazmir deal with having their leads blown?
Posted by koaj at 7/11/2007 6:20:00 AM
 
Thanks, Professors Erickson and Pianowski!

Gus, the solution is to leave him at DH. And then trade an OF for some sort of pitching.
Posted by bscwik at 7/11/2007 9:13:00 PM
 
Koaj, I'm sure I've seen all 10 of those blown games, if not more. Still, I'd rather pick up the likes of Jay Witasick for free, and trade a Gomes or Baldelli for a guy who can be a mid-rotation starter for a few years. I've seen over 1000 Devil Rays games in my life (what a scary, scary thought); I don't need them to break the bank to win 70 games or pass the O's this year. I want the payoff next year.
Posted by sixsigmagus at 7/12/2007 2:52:00 PM
 

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