There are a lot of things to kvetch about the Fruitdome. Mainly it’s, well, a dome! But now there is added reason to be furious at the Fruitdome:
The Rays’ bats are punchless in the Tomb on 16th Street.
(Before anyone goes off on a tangent, the Rays have done just about everything short of ripping the roof off to make that place a warm, inviting home for baseball.)
No team since Howard Taft sat in the White House has gone 21 games without scoring more than five runs in a game. That ugly statistic reared its head today when the Rays were blanked 6-0.
Even Merlot Joe took to Twitter shrugging his shoulders at the punchless home offense.
But let’s not start searching for needles in a haystack quite yet. The Rays are built on pitching and defense and simply put, Wade Davis didn’t have it today. Whining about the lack off offense at home is taking your eye off the ball. If Davis could have done his job and hold the Orioles to three runs, it changes Merlot Joe’s mode of attack. Instead of trying to score a bunch of runs late, the Rays only needed to play small ball to get back in the game.
Yeah, a not-so-potent offense at home is reason for concern. It was not, however, why the Rays lost tonight.