Joe is back with his post-game thoughts…
OK, OK, Joe knows that so much is made and mocked about Merlot Joe’s seemingly wine-induced lineups that the joke is almost old. But those heralded/dreaded matchups caught up with Merlot Joe and the Rays this afternoon.
With the likes of Drew Sutton batting cleanup and Jose Wobegon batting fifth, it made ordinary White Sox hurler Chris Sale look like Steve Carlton. Good grief, the 15 strikeouts Sale racked up against the
Biscuits Rays in seven innings is simply outrageous.
Yeah, Joe gets that the Rays usually overcome this impotent offense because of pitching, but rookie Matt Moore (who pitched wonderfully) was on the mound. Moore, who has been a bit shaky this season, could have used perhaps Wolverine starting and even strikeout king Carlos Pena. At least those guys have a chance to get lucky and produce a little offense.
It just seems to Joe that Moore was in a no-win situation, and that just seems wrong, all but setting up a guy to lose. Doesn’t anyone think giving him some offense would take pressure off the guy and perhaps boost his confidence?
Again, Moore pitched great, no issue there. But if the Rays can’t even muster a pair of runs against a guy like Sale, Joe doesn’t know what more to say?