|Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2006 Summary|
TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS 2008 SUMMARY
There are not many rotations in all of baseball that have a 1-2 at the top like Scott Kazmir and James Shields. The rest of the team is also improving so online gambling baseball odds on Tampa Bay could be changing.
Baseball gambling stats show that Kazmir went 13-9 with a 3.48 ERA and led the American League in strikeouts with 248 according to baseball gambling stats. Shields went undefeated in his first 13 starts but got little run support as baseball gambling experts remember. The rotation also improves with the addition of Matt Garza who comes over from the Twins. Also battling for spots according to baseball gambling experts are Edwin Jackson, Andy Sonnanstine, Jason Hammel and J.P. Howell.
The offense is led by outfielders Carl Crawford and B.J. Upton. They are both superstar players that can dominate when healthy according to baseball gambling experts. Crawford missed the last 12 games and still finished with a career-best .315 with 11 home runs and 80 RBIs according to online gambling baseball experts. Upton hit 24 home runs and had 82 RBIs according to online gambling baseball experts. The other spot will go to Rocco Baldelli, Jonny Gomes or Cliff Floyd according to baseball gambling experts. One of those three will be the DH. If Rocco his healthy it is likely he will have the outfield spot according to baseball gambling experts. The likely DH according to online gambling baseball experts would be Gomes with Floyd filling in.
Akinori Iwamura will move from third to second, and Jason Bartlett is on to play shortstop. Bartlett came to the Rays along with right-hander Matt Garza as Delmon Young and infielder Brendan Harris went to the Twins. Bartlett weakens the defense as he committed 26 errors last season, the most of any shortstop in the Major Leagues. Carlos Pena will again play first, and he is coming off a monster season when he hit 46 home runs according to baseball gambling experts. Dioner Navarro is the starter at catcher.
The bullpen actually looks decent for Tampa Bay according to baseball gambling experts. Al Reyes is a solid closer according to baseball gambling experts and the Rays have Troy Percival to back him up and Dan Wheeler as the primary setup man.