Joe is back with his postgame thoughts…
Merlot Joe Maddon must be hitting the boiling point because Joe sure has. If it isn’t sloppy defense or this nonsensical Derek Shelton cult that guys hitting barely over .200 are an asset because they draw a walk, then it’s the pitching staff not living up to their talents which has gotten Joe so frustrated he’s ready to turn to hard liquor.
The Rays had a nice lead on a team that gives them fits, the Tribe. With Hellboy on the mound and a four-run lead, Joe was confident.
Then the bullpen has a meltdown thus leading to a Merlot Joe meltdown.
And Joe doesn’t blame Merlot Joe at all.
First Hellboy runs out of gas, then the Rays get blasted for five runs in the seventh, highlighted by Carlos Santana’s three-run blast to dead-center.
Simply put, the Rays have put all their eggs in one basket. The team decided to rely on its pitching staff to lead them to another October. But when the pitching staff doesn’t live up to expectations, you can’t expect an offensive offense loaded with other teams’ castoffs and punch-and-Judy hitters to carry a team.