Joe’s not sure what’s better, the Rays sticking it to the Yankees in critical September games these past two days or knowing the assault the Yanks are under tonight from the New York media for officially blowing their AL East lead.
Baltimore and the Yanks are tied atop the division with the Rays just a game and a half back.
These are fun times, especially with the Rays winning 5-2 tonight on just five hits, three of them bombs. Dirtbag, Desmond Jennings and Bossman went yard, with Bossman hitting an even bigger blast than he clubbed yesterday.
A tip of the cap is order to Alex Cobb for settling down after giving up the booty in the first inning, a two run shot by Robinson Cano.
But Joe really wants to rant about Fernando Rodney and go on the record saying he’s likely going to deserve a Cy Young Award.
The way Joe sees it, dominant Rodney’s got 42 saves and a 0.71 ERA. Barring an injury or a massive Rays implosion, Rodney’s going to have at least another 10 save opportunities during the final 26 games. If he nails nine of 10 and imploded on the other, he would finish with 51 saves and an under-1 ERA. That level of dominance has got to get the nod. Not even Mariano Rivera pulled off anything like that.
You could make the starter-versus-reliever argument all day long, but you wouldn’t change Joe’s mind. Plus, the bow-and-arrow routine has to count for something.