Maybe Joe Maddon doesn’t think these games against the Yanks are as important as the fans do.
Joe’s got nothing against these kids, and De La Rosa’s got a phenomenal story, but there’s a reason the Rays are charging for a “premium” game and fans are watching the standings. These are critical games against top competition. They’re no place for relievers to make major league debuts.
These dudes are hardly David Price jumping into the fray in 2008.
Oh, well. When you’re shut out at home, it’s all meaningless crap anyway. Plenty of opportunities flushed away tonight — 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
Price pitched well. Nice to see him snap out of his mini-funk. But for Joe, seeing the strike’m-out-throw’em-out double play executed by De La Rosa, Robinson Chirinos and Reid Brignac to close the eighth really said it all.
The Rays are trying to compete with a slew of minor leaguers.
Joe will leave you with a gem of a postgame quote from Maddon: “We’re not playing badly; We’re just not scoring any runs.”