Well, at least the big guns in the bullpen are rested.
Joe’s reaching here for positives after the Rays took their second consecutive drilling at the hands of the Royals tonight. This time it was 8-2.
For the optimists out there, J.P. Howell was solid again. And while Joe cringes every time Howell enters a game, he is either improving or getting a little lucky. Regardless, if Joe Maddon’s obviously going to stick with him, then Howell not throwing batting practice is worth applauding.
Sadly, the defensive lapses returned, as Sean Rodriguez made many a Rays fan pine for E-6, aka Elliot Johnson. Also, the Rays made a solid left-handed pitcher look an All-Star and Karlos Pena continues to whiff at nearly a historic pace.
Yep, things are sort of back to the new normal in the post-Longoria era.