Unless the Rays go on an incredible run the remaining week of July, this season is toast. Whether Complete Game Shields or Bossman are still with the team in eight days remains to be seen. But today was an example of what we’ll be watching with the Rays next season certainly.
Desmond Jennings has been a welcome breath of fresh air for the Rays. Imagine a leadoff hitter who puts the ball in play and hits for power and has blazing speed on the bases. Wow.
Sadly, Joe is convinced given time, Derek Shelton will take care of Jennings once and for all.
Though Jennings didn’t score today, he did get on base twice (again). But the other rookie made an even bigger splash.
Alex Cobb was simply dynamite. He wasn’t overpowering, having just two strikeouts, but a pitcher doesn’t need to be overpowering to be successful and Cobb was just that. He was efficient. He had just 71 pitches through six innings which is solid. Giving up just six hits is also pretty damned solid, even if it is the hapless Royals.
So it looks as though the 2011 season is all but over. But the building for the 2012 season has already begun.