Joe really had to struggle to bring himself to the keyboard after the Rays took a broom up the butt from the Royals today. The Royals!
Maybe rock bottom, yet still at 40-35, is a good place for the Rays to be. Maybe it’ll add some urgency and focus at the plate. Six walks, nine hits, a K.C. error and only four runs? That’s not an easy feat.
The immortal Burke Badenhop giving up a bomb in the home eighth for the game-winner really was a punctuation on this heinous series. Yeah, he’s the groundball pitcher, and it’s easy to second guess, but Joe would have gone with Jake McGee there. Badenhop is way too hittable.
But so it goes. The Rays now sit two games out of the cellar, with 11 games before the All-Star game to try and redefine themselves — and figure out if they have a better cleanup hitter than Brooks Conrad.