Joe is back with his post-game thoughts…
“Typical Rays.” That’s what went through Joe’s mind tonight watching the Rays lose to the Mariners 2-1. Once again, great pitching is wasted by the Derek Shelton walks-are-a-jewel offensive mindset.
Good grief, the Rays offense is so hapless, it nearly takes a shutout for the team to win. Painted in a corner when Alex Cobb left the game after two innings after getting drilled by a ball, the Rays bullpen, taxed as it was, pitched a shutout.
Standing ovation from Joe.
But just as giddy as Joe was about the bullpen’s effort tonight, Joe had to fight himself from throwing a beer bottle at his HDTV with the (yet again) putrid offense. It took an errant throw (again by Ichiro Suzuki, the second in as many nights) to allow the Rays to score a run.
You just knew the Mariners dugout was breathing a sigh of relief when, with a runner at third with two out, Karlos Pena stepped to the plate.
Joe felt the breeze from his St. Petersburg home from Pena’s bat for the third strike whiff.
It’s getting to the point that comparing Karlos to Rob Deer is an insult to Deer.
But this is your 2012 Rays.
Oh, Bucs training camp opens Friday.