Joe is back with his post-game thoughts….

Joe’s not much of a stats geek by any stretch, but they do reflect reality pretty well sometimes.

The Rays have now scored four runs or less in 12 of 17 games in May. They’re 5-7 when plating those four or less, which is darn good. But it’s maddening to watch and it’s not winning baseball.

Friday’s night’s 5-3 loss to the Braves accentuated the often razor-thin margin of error the Rays’ pitching staff gets to work with. A nothing special Braves two-out rally in the fifth off James Shields put Altanta up 4-2 and that was the ballgame. The Rays’ seven singles brought home all they could.

Everybody knows the long list of injuries sucking runs from the lineup. No need to rehash that, but it’s been painfully glaring over the last three games.

Joe even found himself longing for Kelly Shoppach’s hitting prowess while watching Jose Molina last night. That was just a fleeting longing, but what Molina’s doing at the plate is freakin’ ugly stuff. It really has Joe wondering whether Molina has enough juice in those old legs to to recover.

Yet another reason the Rays need Evan Longoria and Desmond Jennings back in a big way.





  1. Dave L says:

    View from above Foley at the Trop-

    That SRod slide at home was a thing of beauty, sliding by and tapping with his hand.

    The shift for Uggla in his second at bat with no one on was the most radical I have ever seen for a right hander, I dont know if they mentioned it on Sunrays but we had essentially 2 third baseman and a SS shaded toward 3rd. Pena was so far to his right he was nearly midway between the bases. He would have had to rush to make any plays at first. Uggla was shut down he must be the biggest pull hitter in the NL.

    Molina should not be catching Sheilds or Price if he is going to make no attempt to block hard breaking balls by moving his Jabba the Hut body. I would keep him with Helli and Moore who are more location pitchers and let even a green Jimmy Nez handle the more seasoned guys with thier big breaking stuff.

    • Rob says:

      All very good points - I agree about letting Gimenez catch Shields. Loboton could be back in a week or so, though.

  2. don says:

    Hell Shoppach is hitting .260..he would be a star on the Rays...
    I predict Pena & Molina will fight it out for last on the Rays..since Brig. is gone..what do you guess ..BA.176 wins?


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