Pena is Charging the Rays Batteries

 


Mike Carlson / AP

Oh Carlos, how you tend to flirt with our hearts and then break it when you strikeout with men in scoring position, or when the Rays have a chance to cement a victory. How we enjoy seeing that infectious smile and that graceful grin that makes us forgive you for everything that has happened both good and bad this year. But your single in the bottom of the 10th inning last night  push your squad towards the playoff once again in 2009.

And Carlos let me tell you, it was done in classic Pena fashion with a accent mark on the night being that gliding RBI-single that seemed to drift forever before it bounced upon that turf. You wonder how you could have built another layer after hitting two home runs for 3 RBIs before your at bat in the 10th inning. When you took that second pitch from Jason Grilli and drilled it back into centerfield you sent more than our hearts a flutter last night. You also might have silenced the wave of critics that have been building energy and momentum concerning another run by you towards a strikeout crown.

But let’s dwell on the positives today and forget the past shall we. Can we forget that you currently lead the American League in strikeouts with 147 because of the magic of last night.  But a bright side to it all is that you are also tied with Boston’s Jason Bay for the top spot in walks with 78 this season. Also fans are forgetting today about how you have gone 9 for 32 with 5 home runs and 10 RBIs followed by 6 strikeouts. But those numbers might be a bit dwarfed by the last two games where you have been 4 for 7 with 3 homers, 4 runs scored and 5 RBIs.

Also missing from the box score might be the fact that you have now had an RBI on your last 4 hits this series. You have lived up to your leadership role in this series. We are taught from a young age to lead by example, and you have done just that Carlos. That stat really freaks me out to the potential you could have to turn this playoff push into a playoff reality soon if you keep on track and get those timely hits.


Mark Carlson / AP

Now I am not asking for a homer a game, or even a bunch of them. Instead I would love to see a few scattered singles that could produce scoring chances or RBIs in this next road trip. You have done well against the team that drafted you first into the MLB family. Now after three games you will visit another “ex”. When you and the Rays arrive in Detroit, it might be time for you again to show the same fire and the same drive to show the Tigers, just like you did to the Rangers, what it is like to miss Carlos Pena.

Another wild stat from last night, only four other players in the last 15 years have ended a game with an RBI-single after hitting 2 home runs in the contest.  The Cardinals Albert Pujols did it on April 16, 2006, Twin Torri Hunter did it on May 26, 2001, ex-Dodger and Rockie Todd Hollandsworth did it on April 15, 2001 and ex-Brave Brian Jordan did it again on July 15, 1995. Only Hollandsworth and Pujols did it by ending their games on their third home run. Simply amazing that now your name is etched among these players names.

And why don’t we add another kicker to your statistics as you currently have 34 home runs and lead the American League again this season.  But lets add another interesting “Carlos” fact to your player resume’. You are currently on pace to become the third player in major league history to hit as many singles (34) as you have home runs.  Ex-Cardinal Mark McGwire did it 4 times, and Barry bonds did it in 2001. I know the company might look a bit “tainted” right now, but you are in rare air my friend with this feat.

So Carlos, I can’t not love what you are doing right now, but for this team to thrust itself back into contention and make the playoffs they need your clubhouse leadership and your bats to stay upbeat and hot right now. Last night was your third multi-homer game of the season, And more might be needed before it is all said and done on October 3rd, but we know you have it in you Carlos. We do believe! 


Steve Nesius/ AP

The fact you now have 8 homers in the last 14 games shows you can do it in the clutch, and nothing is more clutch than coming through for you team in the playoff push. With you next home run you will also own the top two season spot for home runs in a season, and we all know that just might be a matter of time before that record of 46 you set in 2007 will fall too. So now is the time Carlos, we want to again see you “do that dance” in the dugout. We want to again see that Pena smile go deep into October, and last but not least, we love to see those team meetings at the plate!

  

10 Comments

Hi, Rays Renegade …

I watched the last couple of innings of Rays very exciting 5-4 extra innings victory over the Rangers last night !!! … Very big win for the Rays !!! … The Rays are still in the wild card race, and, maybe, even still in the pennant race in the AL East … There still are many games yet to play, and even though the Yankees are playing very well, they still need to keep winning games and series’ to win the division !!! … This race should go right down to the wire !!! … And, the Yankees play the Rays the final three games of the regular season in Tampa Bay … It will be interesting, and fun to watch !!!
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Take care, Rays Renegade !!! … Have a great day !!!
– Jimmy, “BY&L”
http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

Jimmy,
Pena and Burrell are beginning to see some balls the size of beach balls and are finally starting to hit the ball with power for the Rays.
With the 5 and 6 guys starting to hit, it could be the boost the Rays need right now to start a jaunt towards the top of the Wild Card race.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

The Rays, are making a run and have gotten 2 outta 3 from the Rangers, which is tough to do. With the Sox losing, the Rays didn’t fall any games farther back of the Sox. =) Good luck Cliff, and I got some poems on Tribe Talk With Ted if you wanna see.
http://tribewithted.mlblogs.com/

Any chance Pena could pitch too? Throw him in there! Let him really lead the team. Haha. Nice to see them coming back to life. I’m banking on either the Rays or Rangers to knock out the Red Sox…. just wish someone could knock out the Yanks.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

Tribe Ted,
I will stop by your blog soon and check out your rhyming muses soon.
As Meatloaf says, “Two out of Three Aint Bad”.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Jeff,
I know Wade Boggs and Josh Wilson once pitched for the Rays.
But I think the guy who could throw it and surprise everyone would be B J Upton now on the team.
Aubrey Huff used to throw a heck of a knuckleball when he was warming up in RF when he was with the Rays.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

I ended up cancelling the rhyming post. I have a better one up though. Thanks Cliff.
http://tribewithted.mlblogs.com/

Tribe Ted,
I know trying to make everything come up rhyming can be a pain, but sometimes they can transpose into masterpieces.
You never know anymore.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

The Rays are playing strong and as was said before the wild card spot is up for grabs.
http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

Cat,
With us playing Detroit for the first time this season during our road trip this week, we might get a better sense of this team by the weekend.
But then again, the Texas Rangers have to go to New York and Minnesota this week before they head home to Arlington, Texas.
And Boston doesn’t get off easy as they head to Chicago to take on the White Sox, then pop up to Toronto, who has always played them tough.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

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