Yeah, Joe Maddon knows what he’s doing. The guy’s a miracle worker. But this game wasn’t played with the urgency it called for.

C’mon. The Rays get runners on first and second with nobody out in the seventh down 4-2 and Maddon isn’t going to have Casey Kotchman lay down a bunt to move the runners and pressure the infield and another crappy starter the Rays made look like Steve Carlton. (Jeremy Guthrie? Really?)

Was Maddon looking for a big inning out of John Jaso and Reid Brignac behind Kotch?

The Matt Moore sighting was exciting and depressing at the same time. Joe only hopes the kid’s confidence isn’t busted up. Especially since he’ll be put in even tougher spots (hopefully) against the Red Sox.

And how Jaso and Wade Davis don’t settle on an 0-2 pitch that can’t be taken out of the ballpark is another one of the great 2011 mysteries.

So here it is: four games back of the Sox and a four game series at Fenway starting tomorrow. Every Rays fan would have had wet dreams over such a fantasy entering the season. Try to forget about how the Rays got here and enjoy it.





  1. Rob says:

    After losing 2/3 to a team 30 games under .500 they don't belong in the playoffs.

    I have been saying this all year, but if a pitcher is on the skids it seems like the Rays are the perfect pick-me-up.

  2. Ken says:

    Casey doesn't bunt in that situation for two reasons: You don't play for the tie on the road and you don't ask a guy batting 300+ to bunt when the two guys behind him have a batting ave of 100+ points less


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