Though the midway point of the season is already past us, the All-Star break is the ceremonial halftime of the baseball season. And in the first game back from their mini-vacation, the Rays displayed that at least they are consistent.
Minimal offense sunk the Rays. Again. So did not-so-smart baserunning.
Now Joe is a big fan of Zorilla, but perhaps someone should pull him aside in the clubhouse and remind him he’s not exactly possessing Carl Crawford-like speed. Joe likes aggressiveness on the basepaths, but for the second time this month, Zorilla has gotten aggressive off of second base, only to be gunned down at third late in a critical, close game.
Tonight was the second of such games. Zorilla tried to advance to third on a liner by B.J. Upton to short right field. And just like that, Zorilla was gone by capping a rare 9-6-5 double-play.
As weak sauce as the Rays’ offense is, this team simply cannot afford to run itself out of a big inning like that.
Zorilla, Joe loves you, but from now on, unless there is a base hit when you are standing on second, stay there!