There was a lot to like about this win. Whether it was the Magic of Kotch and his three hits and solid glove or Bossman being such a force that the ‘Stros intentionally walked him. Joe can’t remember the last time that happened.
But Joe has to tip his cap to Wade Davis. Joe has always said the Rays starter is the key to a successful season. Yes, the top of the order is Complete Game Shields, David Price and Hellboy. Jeff Niemann is largely a wild card unknown.
If Davis, who pitches in the bottom of the rotation, can continue this kind of pitching, the Rays will be in the race for the American League East for the long haul.
Let’s be honest: We cannot expect Bossman to play day in and day out like he did tonight (outstanding catch by the way for Bossman in the field) and Dirtbag is struggling, has been all season and just may be one of those years for Dirtbag. The Legend of Sam Fuld is no more in Joe’s eyes, though he got robbed of a catch in left field.
No, the Rays are going to have to rely on their arms in the rotation. If Davis can be close to a stud like he was tonight, that is money.