Bringing Jake McGee into a tie game to throw fastballs to two hot-hitting, All-Star fastball hitters qualifies as glorious Joe Maddon tinkering. It didn’t work today.
McGee was lucky Miguel Cabrera didn’t take his eighth-inning, grooved meatball downtown and only reached on a double before Prince Fielder drove him in with the winning run.
That’s OK. The genius of Maddon isn’t 100 percent. And surely this wasn’t the Rays’ day for clutch hitting.
Matt Moore looked much like David Price and James Shields did last week, absent his best stuff.
As losses go, Joe can stomach this one amid the snow flurries in Detroit. Perfection wasn’t going to last.