Joe was going to (once again) skin the hide of this offensive offense the Rays have, the brainchild of Derek Shelton.
Nothing, not one person, has put the Rays in a hole and all but single-handedly kept the Rays out of the playoffs more than the alleged Rays hitting instructor. The lack of offense from the Rays is so nauseating, it’s nearly a chore to watch the Rays fumble around with a bat like it is a fly swatter.
The Rays racked up a miserable 14th shutout of the season — 14!!! — and it’s only the sixth day of September.
But then Joe put his beer down and took a breath. Rather than some scrub on the mound that can’t stick with a team for more than two seasons (Edlose Jackson, anyone?) the Rays actually were pathetic because of the pitcher, not the usual culprit in Shelton.
The Rangers’ C.J. Wilson is a damn fine pitcher. He racked up his 16th win of the season and completely tied up the Rays in knots, a complete-game five-hitter.
While Joe was depressed over yet another shutout, Joe can’t pin this one on Shelton.
Sometimes, you have to doff your cap at the opposing pitcher. Wilson was that kind of guy tonight.