The Rays bested the Twins and White Sox in respective home series’ and, well, you can’t win every game. The good guys sit 2.5 back of the Yankees and two games out of the cellar.
Maddon was unusually plainspoken talking about Niemann, pretty simply saying he’s just not there yet with all aspects of his pitching. Really? Thanks, Skip.
Maddon went on to praise Casey Kotchman for some good at bats. His average dipped to .318 after going o-for-2 with an HBP and a walk.
Before the game, Tampa Tribune beat writer Roger Mooney told J.P. Peterson on WQYK-AM 1010 that he was sure Kotchman would be the odd man off the roster when Evan Longoria returned next week.
Mooney explained that the Rays would show extreme patience with Dan Johnson whether he was still hitting less than Sam Fuld’s weight or not.
Here’s to hoping Kotchman makes that call nearly impossible. Surely, Jake McGee or Andy Sonnanstine is developing a mysterious ailment that needs to be attended to for 15 days.