Joe is back with his postgame thoughts…
Joe hates to be a broken record, but Joe’s had enough of this manufactured nonsense by Derek Shelton of playing-for-a-walk and Andrew Friedman being borderline irresponsible in not going out and getting a bat when the parent club has enough pitchers to fill out two teams’ starting rotations.
No, Hellboy didn’t have a good night. But giving up four runs shouldn’t mean the end of the world… until you look in the Rays dugout and see Shelton.
As great — yes, Joe does mean “great” — as Friedman is at overseeing an organization that is filthy with pitchers, it is equally inexcusable why he couldn’t have traded for a bat (or two).
Yes, the Rays are still in contention for a wild card thanks to vault full of pitching. But really, if the Rays do get a wild card berth, does anyone truly believe that some genie will come by and spread pixie dust on the Rays bats and suddenly they will have an offense? Please.
Sam Fuld trying to steal third down four runs? Why, exactly?
And people actually wonder why 33 percent more local sports fans Saturday night decided to sweat in the heat and brave a thunderstorm to watch the Bucs practice instead of sitting in a comfy dome watching a team still in the playoff hunt.
A thundering tackle in a make-believe game sure beats (a)nother Karlos Pena strikeout.