OK, so Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey had a good game. Props to him. But why did Joe have the (big) gut feeling Dickey would flirt with a no-hitter tonight at the Fruitdome?
He damned near got one. Only a debatable Bossman single in the first inning kept the Rays from being hitless (again).
Look, Joe loves the Rays. But there are serious questions to be asked. One of which is how can the Rays be considered a top-notch organization when it only takes the injury to a star player for its offense to totally collapse? Another question is, what kind of seedy evidence does no-hitting instructor Derek Shelton have on the Rays’ brain trust?
Opposing pitchers must have a pool to help pay for Shelton’s salary. Seemingly any little hitch, injury or distraction appears to cause the Rays to flirt with being no-hit and Joe places that blame strictly at the feet of Shelton.
For the Rays to get the job done in October, with this offense, they will need superior pitching each night — which they are capable of getting. Right now, Joe’s not at all that confident that will happen.
Hopeful? Sure. Confident? Not really.