It’s great baseball. It’s painful baseball. It’s Rays baseball.

Joe admits to being in a funk lately. Joe sees the Rays struggling to plate runs and hit for average — with no help on the horizon — and his stomach is in knots. Today was such a classic — eight hits and five walks but only two runs against some second-rate pitching.

But the sweep of the Fish was glorious, and James Shields is just out-of-his mind spectacular. Casey Kotchman continues to be nearly every bit the story Shields is. And if Sam Fuld never played another game, he’d long go down as one of the most memorable players in Rays history.

There’s so much to be thankful for.

Everyone paying attention knows this isn’t supposed to be one of “the years,” but the Rays are in it and it’s impossible not to demand they jack it up a level to grab the playoff spot out there for them.

So off moves the crazy season to Milwaukee, where the Brewers are dominating at home. Joe predicts the Rays take two of three with a pitcher winning one with his bat. It would be fitting.

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