Given the fact Rays fans have come to realize that the Rays don’t exactly have much of an offense thanks to the Derek Shelton-led concept of working the count, Rays fans can (could?) always point to the pitching staff, knowing if the offense could just score four or five runs, the Rays would be in the game if not win.
So much for that concept.
The philosophy of superior pitching will win games was blown up at Fenway Park this weekend as the vaunted Rays hurlers thus far have been lit up for 31 runs in three games.
No team that leans on Derek Shelton to teach hitting is going to overcome that.
Sure the starting pitching hasn’t been awful, but it surely hasn’t been stellar (Joe’s looking right at you, David Price). The bullpen has been beyond miserable this series thus far.
Matt Moore actually pitched OK. The Rays were in the game. Sadly, a sober fan just cannot expect the Derek Sheltons to score more than five runs a game each night out. That’s what happened today in a 6-4 loss today.
Sadly, unless the bullpen turns things around, the starting rotation is going to have to pitch like Bob Gibson or Tom Glavine each and every night.