Joe is back with his postgame thoughts…

Now this was the Rays team Joe and many Rays fans expected prior to the season. Power hitting, clutch hitting, and wow, what a performance by Alex Cobb.

Just what the doctor ordered.

Speaking of ordering, apparently there has been discontent in the Rays clubhouse. Maybe this stems from Fernando Rodney putting his bow-and-arrow routine on ice? Whatever was hashed out in that meeting, well, the Rays should have such a meeting before every series.

After a woeful road trip where the Rays looked like the wretched Devil Rays in every way possible, the Rays played smart ball tonight. Heck, even Desmond Jennings, who didn’t get a hit, wound up with two runs by getting a pair of walks.

Oakland isn’t a bad club. So for the Rays to do this against the Athletics, maybe this is a springboard?



  1. Rob says:

    It was a great game, and like you, I am hopeful they can build off of it. However, even a putrid team will win 65 games in a season, so I am keeping my expectations in check for now.

    I like the Jennings, Johnson, Zobrist, Longo top of the order and hope Maddon sticks with it a while. Joyce/Duncan batting fifth makes sense for now, and Looney, Roberts/Rodriguez, Molina/Lobaton and Escobar seem to fit nicely in the bottom of the order in that order. Fuld should not be starting no matter who the pitcher is and should be saved for pinch-running and as a late inning defensive replacement only.

  2. Don says:

    Corn moves up with Moore to top of order, Hellboy, time to do something, Price & Noname holds up the bottom..getting the pitching "right" is Rays best/only chance

  3. Mr.Smith 1980 says:

    Come one, come all (those of you who wanted to argue early in spring) and remind me again how the Rays were so dumb to have let Jaso go? The Rays ran all over him, he made an error, and didn't hit... sounds about right.

    I always pulled for Jaso, but nothing's changed.

  4. Mr.Smith 1980 says:

    Great game. Hopefully Escobar can join the rest of the team in the power surge and the Rays can string together a run that will led them into May at around .500


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