Joe is back with his postgame thoughts….

Joe’s got a knot in his stomach tonight after watching Evan Longoria play a truly savage third base and wondering what could have been this season.

The Rays are dominant right now in all phases of the game. And seeing Longoria playing the way he is — at the plate and in the field — is just a painful reminder of where the Rays likely would be if he had only missed, say, two months of the season.

It was easy to rip the Rays front office weeks ago, but the reality is it’s only fair to judge the club on the complete 162-game product, which is proving that it wasn’t very far off the mark.

Tonight’s 5-3 owning of the Orioles was just more of the same for the team that’s won 12 of 13 and still has a pulse and a prayer.

Alex Cobb was absolutely dominant with fantastic command. And Kyle Farnsworth’s clunker outing led to Fernando Rodney busting deeper into the record books with another scoreless inning from arguably the nastiest fastball-changeup combination in history.

At this late hour, Joe’s praying for an Oakland loss to keep the fun going to game 161.

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