Just a torturous night of baseball in the 3-2 loss to the Indians. More than 3 1/2 hours of torture.
It’s the same old tired story, tonight punctuated by Jose Molina giving another lazy effort behind the plate and gifting a key passed ball. The Rays’ bats were largely dead, and the bullpen was extraordinary in bailing out Alex Cobb and slamming the door for 5 2/3 innings. J.P. Howell marches on to what’s either the luckiest streak imaginable or a true resurrection — six hits and no runs over his last 12 innings (10 appearances). Kudos to Jim Hickey.
Joe is at times speechless at the painful baseball the Rays are putting on the field, which leads Joe to Karlos Pena. Why is this man batting second?
Joe Maddon put him at leadoff for a while, the alleged magic slump-buster slot, and that didn’t work. And now Pena’s found a home at No. 2. Sorry, but Pena is the exact opposite of what a No. 2 hitter should be. Throw the OBP out the window and deal in reality for a minute. Pena is incapable of playing any kind of small ball, the Karlos shift limits the benefit of having a man on base or putting runners in motion, he doesn’t have speed, and he’s a bad hitter at this point on pace for 200+ strikeouts.
To have Jeff Keppinger ever hitting after Pena is just criminal for a team that needs every run. Pena is 2-for-15 with eight strikeouts in the 2-hole since the All-Star break. Enough already.
Yeah, the Rays will win plenty more ball games and tease for weeks to come. But it would be nice if what they were doing was a little more fun and made a little more sense.