Games Left in Season: 6; Home Games: 3
Again, I will commend to you other accounts of last night’s game. If you are feeling a bit down and just want to get it over with, then this might suit you. If you’re deeply into pain and suffering, or deeply depressed and in need of something to push you over the edge, this might be more to your liking.
I don’t know where the Bulls’ heads were last night, but it sure wasn’t at the DBAP. I will note that the 32nd and 33rd pitchers of the year were on the mound.
I’d rather take a stab at understanding the 2.0 version of the Durham Bulls. Please keep in mind my most recent post regarding the interest that the Rays have in our fortunes. To wit: none, zero, nada. Suck it up, Durham. We want these guys up here so they can see how the big leaguers lose a playoff race.
(OK. Take a breath, C. ... Better?)
Players on the 40-man roster of Tampa Bay are marked with an asterisk. They are much more subject to call up in the next couple of days, but have not, so far as I know, been called yet.
With the Wade Davis call up and Nelson DFA, here’s what’s left:
- Jason Cromer
- Jeremy Hellickson
- Rayner Oliveros
- Heath Rollins
- Paul Phillips
- Dale Thayer *
- Joe Bateman
- Julio DePaula
- Winston Abreu
- Calvin Medlock
- John Jaso *
- Craig Albernaz
- Michel Hernandez
We can go back to carrying three catchers now. I don’t see Jaso going up unless Riggans goes on the DL again.
- Reid Brignac *
- Joe Dillon
- Elliot Johnson *
- Henry Mateo
- Ray Olmedo
- Chris Richard
- Sean Rodriguez *
Tampa folks are so high on Rodriguez I gotta figure he’ll go up there after only a few days here. Reid and Elliott? Don’t know. Hard to guess. But in any case we are not in desperate shape for infielders.
- Justin Ruggiano *
- Desmond Jennings
- Matt Joyce *
So where do we stand overall? Here’s my answer — It’s in the hands of Charlie Montoyo. Seems to me the talent is there (sure, need some pitching and at least one outfielder), but orchestrating the talent we have and keeping things sorted out in the clubhouse is what will make the difference. Norfolk and Charlotte have been stirred up as well. X. has his work cut out for him working with the new pitchers (as do Jaso and Michel Hernandez). But building a team, well the old hands (Chris Richard, Justin Ruggiano, Joe Dillon, Henry Mateo, Ray Olmedo) are going to have to step in and help keep on top of things.
In the end, it seems like we’re in pretty good shape. It could have been worse. It could get worse given Tampa Bay’s attitude. But at this moment, we’re OK.
Just no more games like last night.