Somwhere, James Shields was jealous of David Price’s run support today — and the defense at the FruitDome was pretty damn sparkling, too.
James Loney, Evan Longoria and Sam Fuld were nothing less than spectacular. But it was a crappy opening day for the Rays, a 7-4 beating at the hands of the powerful and pesky Orioles.
Joe’s not going to dwell on David Price laboring or Jake McGee’s ERA approaching his blood pressure. Hell, it’s opening day. It’s too early to ride the rollercoaster (that starts tomorrow).
At least this season’s biggest X-factor, Desmond Jennings, was huge out of the gate, showing poise at the plate and delivering two hits, including a clutch RBI double in the sixth inning. Joe’s been on the record (at least to his friends and 98.7 FM listeners on Sunday mornings) that Jennings is the roster wild card nobody talked about all offseason. This guy must stay consistent, set the table all season long and fulfill his potential for the Rays to succeed.
For those already stressed out, the pitching will improve, and four runs will be enough more often than not. Relax.