There’s nothing more sickening than getting swept at home, and while the Rays were on the wrong end of just that to the White Sox, culminating in today’s 4-3 loss, this week’s burial was especially painful.
The Rays were 14-for-95 at the plate in the series. They were far worse with runners in scoring position. And they played suspect defense that didn’t show up in the box score. The Rays even caught a break today with Sox starter Jose Quintana getting ejected in the fourth inning for throwing at Ben Zobrist, but it didn’t matter. The Sox continued to go with pitches and slap the ball all over the place.
At least it’s over and there’s an off day tomorrow.
It feels like the lineup miracles have worn out, and Joe finds himself thinking far too much about when the various wounded will return. Though history says the Rays will bounce back long before help arrives.
Joe also has a bad feeling about J.P. Howell, who continues to look tentative and shaky, despite the good stats line today. The guy’s just nowwhere near the aggressive pitcher he was, and hopefully the Rays won’t need to count on him again come October.