Minutes before the Rays quieted the home crowd and got rolled 4-1 in tonight’s opener, Stu Sternberg was on WDAE-AM 620 squawking about how a mere $10 million payroll increase over the Rays’ current $40+ million would have made the club significantly better.
Hope you have more fun spending that $10 million on cognac, pork futures, Mets tickets and whatever the hell else is more fun than a closer on your baseball team.
That written, money wasn’t the issue tonight, and neither was the bullpen. Damon, Longo, and Manny busting out 0-for-12 will kill the Rays every time.
Joe nearly fell off his bar stool when the Rays had two outs on two pitches in the first inning. A change in hitting philosophy, perhaps? Ben Zobrist was first-ball swinging later, as well.
Of course, there’s been no visible change in B.J. Upton’s baserunning acumen. Forget the horrendous call that saw the shortstop run over Upton during a rundown but the umps foolishly called Upton out of the base path. Upton never should have been picked off second base down four runs in the eighth inning. C’mon, B.J.
So it goes. The Rays have to win these games at home when the pitching is solid. Let’s hope Baltimore isn’t this good.