Isn’t it amazing how good the Rays can look with a few clutch hits?
Taking nothing away from David Price’s fourth straight stud start, but damn it was good to see lively bats again. And against a left-handed pitcher no less. Plating runs shouldn’t be as hard as the Rays made it out to be against the White Sox earlier this week.
Tonight’s 5-0 throttling of Baltimore even saw sparkling defense return, with B.J. Upton, Matt Joyce and Sean Rodriguez helping preserve the shutout.
It’s June 1, but for Joe it’s time to stop saying “it’s early.” It’s never too early to start burying a team, and the way the Orioles are crapping the bed with their sixth straight loss, nailing them with a weekend sweep could go a long way towards shattering whatever confidence they had and sending them back to their rightful mediocrity.
If anyone’s counting, that’s nine straight outings now by Jake McGee without a run, and just four hits and a walk in that span. His transformation is by far one of the great, and rarely told, stories of the season.
They’ve got a long way to go, but Fernando Rodney and McGee may be a better one-two closing punch than Joaquin Benoit and Rafael Soriano.