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Rays Say No Time To Panic: It Has Just Been 10 Games

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Sunday, Apr.14/2013

Ben Zobrist has quietly tuned into one of the best all around players in the game.  He has finished in the top for WAR in 3 of the 4 years - including 1st in 2011 and 2nd in 2009.  At Age 31, Zobrist goes into a contract year.    Ben Zobrist has been a big bright spot for the Rays this season. Zobrist who continues this season with his musical chairs role on the team has not let his bat cool down 10 games into the season. Rays fans need not worry this early. With only 10 games played in the young season now is not the time to start throwing in the towel and saying that GM Andrew Friedman and his staff have lost their touch.

Ben Zobrist has quietly tuned into one of the best all around players in the game. He has finished in the top for WAR in 3 of the 4 years – including 1st in 2011 and 2nd in 2009. At Age 31, Zobrist goes into a contract year. Ben Zobrist has been a big bright spot for the Rays this season. Zobrist who continues this season with his musical chairs role on the team has not let his bat cool down 10 games into the season. Rays fans need not worry this early. With only 10 games played in the young season now is not the time to start throwing in the towel and saying that GM Andrew Friedman and his staff have lost their touch.

By Jake Bullington (Rays Correspondent): 

Ben Zobrist aside, the Rays have started this season with a four and six record and are currently in last place in the American League East division, but this is not cause for concern.

Sure David Price does not have his first win of the season and has an ERA up to almost six ( 5.82 to be exact), but the Rays are not worried so why should we be.  

The club started at 0 – 6, before making the playoffs in 2011, so there is no way Joe Maddon will hit the panic button in 2013.

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Matt Moore has a solid second half of the 2012 Year - with a 6-5 Record and a 3.01 ERA and may move the depth chart on the starting rotation if a trade is made with another one of the Rays starting pitchers for the 2013 season.  Moore is in the 2nd year of a 5 YR/14.0 Million Dollar Contract.

Matt Moore has a solid second half of the 2012 Year – with a 6-5 Record and a 3.01 ERA.  He may move the depth chart on the starting rotation if another trade is made with another one of the Rays Starting pitchers for the 2013 season. Moore is in the 2nd year of a 5 YR/14.0 Million Dollar Contract.

Matt Moore has been one of the big bright spots on this team for 2013. Moore who has yet to give up a run in his two starts may finally be living up to the hype that had him rated as the number one prospect in baseball a few years back.

Taking a deeper look into this 2013 Rays team we do see a handful of bright spots. Through the 10 games the Rays big bats are doing what has been needed. Guys like Ben Zobrist hitting .333 with 9  RBI- and Evan Longoria hitting .313 with six BB.

Desmond Jennings is another leading the team with three SB in this young season. With the absence of Luke Scott, Shelley Duncan has given the Rays a bit of a boost in power and is second of the team in RBI with five.

The Pitching staff lead by Matt Moore and Alex Cobb, both of whom have not given up a run thus far and have combined for 19 K’s in 18 and a half innings pitched this season.

This all shows promise that the trading of “Big Game” James Shields and the losses of Carlos Pena and B.J. Upton have not hit that hard on the Rays just yet.

The Rays have really taken to their new approach and have used the moves made to shore up the defense. With only three errors this season by Rays players they look to make good on the promise of a strong defensive team lead by third baseman Evan Longoria.

I think a look into later in the season will also see the Starting Rotation pick up where most of them left off. David Price will figure it out and Jeremy Hellickson as well.

And remember with uber-prospect Wil Myers down on the farm, the Rays bats may get a lift sooner rather than later.

Wil Myers the Rays top prospect for 2013 is currently with the Durham Bulls, the Rays triple A team. Myers is currently hitting .294 with ten hits, two doubles, and seven RBI’s in the Bulls young season.

Wil Myers the Rays top prospect for 2013 is with the Durham Bulls, the Rays triple A team. Myers is currently hitting .294 with ten hits, 2 Doubles , and 7 RBI in the Bulls young season. Myers led the PCL in HRs last campaign with the Kansas City Royals organization in Omaha, Nebraska.  It is only a few weeks away until the club can call him up without effecting his service clock.

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*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of www.mlbreports.com and their partners.***

A big thank-you goes out to our Rays Correspondent Jake Bullington.  Jake was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Moved to Tampa, FL in 2010 to coach a local baseball team the Tampa Twins. Covered the team writing player profiles, Game reports, and running the Twins website as the Twins Insider.

Started the Blog ” not just Cardboard” writing about topics that included Baseball cards as well as baseball in general. A baseball trainer for Diamond II Pro baseball trainers that works closely with former and current  minor and major league players. Has been doing free-lance scouting for teams since 2008. Avid Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins Fans.  Follow and Interact with Jake on Twitter.    

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