See what abolishing batting practice can do? Maybe that was it all season. The Rays were working too hard with Derek Shelton.
Pretty amazing that Evan Longoria now sits with 20 homers and 72 RBIs with 38 games to play — a solid shot at 25+ homers and 100 RBIs in a down year in which he missed a month of the season. Another 3-0 fastball drilled into the left field seats tonight.
Hellboy was efficient and poised beyond his years, as usual. Desmon Jennings keeps creating runs.
(Side note: Kudos to Todd Kalas for the Ellis Valentine reference when talking about outfielders with cannons. The dude was a fabulous all-around player before taking a fastball to the face, which all but killed his career. Joe can still see the makeshift football helmet he batted with after that.)
So the good guys sit at seven back in the loss column behind the Red Sox. The Rays are on pace for 89 wins but are playing like a 100-win club.
It’s safe to dream. Healthy even. And don’t forget the broom tomorrow.