After yesterday’s win, the Rays are now seven games behind the Red Sox. And with just 20 games remaining, you would think Joe Maddon would be inclined to push his young players just a little harder with the team’s season on life support.
You would be wrong.
Maddon promises that he will continue to give his regulars occasional days off from the everyday grind of standing around and occasionally running to first base (although they certainly haven’t done that very often this season).
And why is Maddon resting his best players when every game can potentially end the Rays season?
“…if you grind them right into the ground they have no chance to play well at the end of the month. I choose not to grind them into the ground right now.”
Ahhh, we see now. Decrease the team’s chances at winning today, so that there is a better chance that the games at the end of the month mean nothing. But hey, at least the regulars will be well-rested for those tee-times in the first week of October.