Dan Johnson doesn’t make that play at first base. And Kotchman, per the magic of April baseball, is now a .313 hitter.
Of course, James Shields is the story, with two strong starts in a row and his first W of the season and a complete game. Joe’s going to enjoy it while it lasts from the guy who could be the best fifth starter in baseball.
With Rays starters eating innings like Joe mowing down free pizza, the bullpen and scoring runs like most American League teams seem insignificant. Wasn’t that the plan all along?
An 8-9 record never felt so good.