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.