Joe is back with his post-game thoughts….

Don’t expect master string-puller Joe Maddon to do anything differently than what he already does. Wise men might say he shouldn’t. But even in victory, even with an 18-8 record, this Joe has to at least put something somewhat contrary out there.

Hopefully, maybe, Maddon files away Jake McGee’s perfect 2 1/3-inning performance today the next time he wants to yank a reliever after a flawless sixth, seventh or eighth inning. Sometimes it’s just OK to roll with it and throw the computer to the wind.

Yeah, it came almost out of necessity today with a drained bullpen, but Maddon deserves credit for sticking with McGee, and even Crooked Cap got his ninth inning — and ninth save – with plenty of recent mileage on his blessed arm.

The box score looks like a typical 4-3 Rays win, but there was seriously sloppy defense continuing out there with a shortage of clutch hitting. Amazingly, it’s just not mattering with different guys stepping up daily, with Jeff Keppinger and Desmond Jennings stroking all four RBIs today.

These are really glorious days for Rays fans and, as Joe’s written before, banking all these wins early will make all the difference come September.

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9 Comments

  1. Justin says:

    Joe,

    Your first sentence is basically unintelligible:

    “Don’t expect master string-puller Joe Maddon to do anything differently than what he already does.”

    Than what he already does? What does this mean? The language in your post is just so clunky… it’s just bad man.

  2. Anthony says:

    Brandon Allen has to go… He is horrible!!! Bring up the new guy!!!

  3. Dave L says:

    He left McGee in because of the long string of Lefties in the lineup and a switch hitter who was better from the left side.

    It was Maddon being Maddon.

  4. James says:

    Is there anything wrong with Gomes? He hasn’t been used since the 26th.

  5. Andy says:

    Was thinking same thing @ Allen as Anthony. He looked lost in the field! Saw Damon on some Indians highlights & wonder if he wouldn’t have been better acquisition than Matsui, especially in light of losing Longo for a stretch. What’s situation w/Guyer? Is he hurt?

    Even tho we’ve talked about a lot of Brandons in these comments, I have to confess that when I read “Gomes” in James’ comment, I thot, ‘Jonny’. Guess that’s b/c he’s coming in w/A’s – YEA!! :-)

    • Rob says:

      Damon might have been a better pick up, but the Rays weren’t going to spend the $2.5m on him Cleveland did. They signed Matsui to a minor league deal, so very minimal risk there. Damon probably wouldn’t have agreed to that.

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