In the face of legions of Rays fans proclaiming the death of the 2011 Rays after Wednesday’s anemic 2-0 loss to the Yankmees, Joe must urinate in the face of such negativity.
It’s way to early. It’s not too early to bang one’s head against the wall repeatedly watching the Rays try to score runs with a slew of Grade D hitting talent, but the pitching is far too good to throw in the towel on the season.
When the Rays walked off the Trop turf tonight with a 2-1 gritty win against the Yankmees, it capped a 10-game stretch of playing against only the Yanks and Red Sox and giving up just 35 runs.
That’s almost unthinkable effectiveness off the mound. And it’s easy to make the case the Rays’ stellar pitching is improving.
Just ignore the spreadsheets and any sort of logical calculations that say the Rays have barely a prayer of making up six games on New York to grab a Wild Card spot. It’ll feel a lot better.
Barring an epic collapse in Kansas City, Oakland and Seattle, and a firesale of historic proportions at the trade deadline, the Rays are far from toast. The pitching will keep the good guys in it whether fans want to believe it or not.