Joe is back with his postgame thoughts….

Joe’s written the last two days about how we’re all simply experiencing Rays baseball. Joe firmly expects the Rays to bounce back, but bounce back to what?

A spirited late season run that has no chance of a World Series?

Again today, the Rays had a runner on second with nobody out in their final at bats (see Saturday), couldn’t drive him in, and left with a 3-2 walk-off loss. Starter Ryan Dempster looked like Tom Seaver, courtesy of the heinous bottom of the Rays lineup.

This the worst way to lose, blowing more strong pitching and leaving fans near insanity after scoring three runs in three losses to the Red Sox.

Joe’s wondering where Fernando Rodney was in the ninth? He hasn’t pitched since April 10. That’s a long time to rest your big bullpen gun, especially with the meat of the Sox order winning today’s game in the ninth.

Keep calm. Joe Maddon is.





  1. Drew says:

    I enjoyed how the Dave Willis spent a good 1.5 or 2 innings on how the rays hitters are atrocious. Thanks for rubbing it in.

    • Ken says:

      They are and management needs it rubbed in to the point where the players either perform or are released. Any Rays position player with an option should be immediately sent to Durham, namely Joyce and SRod. The rest should get a note saying "you're next".

  2. Don says:

    Joe Maddon is Always calm, is that a good sign or someone that just doesn't know what he is suppose do? Just wondering...

  3. CC says:

    Rodney has to be used in the 9th.Maddon should be coaching like its game 7 of the World Series. Boston has their best hitting, we need to have our best pitching. I thought Joe was all about matchups. Could have won 2 of three in this series.
    Fire Shelton! This team can not hit. They look absolutely lost at the plate. These are suppose to be professional hitters. What a joke. Cleveland sucked when he was their hitting coach. And the Rays have sucked offensively with him.
    Look. The best golfers in the world have swing coaches that tweek their swing all the time. It makes a difference. They give them credit for making proper adjustments.
    Its BS to say that a hitting coach can not help a player. Can anybody tell me how the hell SRod can stand at the plate the way he does and expect to hit the damn ball with any consistency? Making him adjust his stance is exactly what a hitting coach should be doing.
    This team is unwatchable and will finish in last place unless the thinking on the Rays management changes.

    • Ken says:

      Hate to say it but it's so early it's late. Management won't change, they never do. Friedman and Maddon are stubborn to the point of self destruction. Maddon's euphemisms about the "group" not getting enough "points" is tiresome. Yes, Shelton must go, but he won't. Yes, SRod and Joyce are inept, but they'll stay. Yes, Price and Hellboy are secretly praying to be traded to a major league franchise, but their prayers will be unanswered.
      The state of professional baseball in Florida is at it's lowest point in decades.

  4. Tone says:

    Maddon can be frustrating for us fans during times of epic struggle like what we're seeing right now, but he has been handed a pile of stinking garbage. No manager and no hitting coach can fix what troubles this lineup. Exhibit A: James Loney, Yunel Escobar, Ryan Roberts, Kelly Johnson, Shelly Duncan, and Sam Fuld are all playing important roles and all of them had terrible years last season. I am all for the philosophy of taking a chance on a guy to bounce back and help, but that is about 46% of the position players on the 25 man roster. Huge gamble by the front office that is totally imploding here in the early going.

  5. Mr.Smith 1980 says:


  6. TOM says:

    I don't know which was worse Maddon using Fuld (.095) to pinch hit for Lobaton or not using Rodney in the 9th. What a genius Maddon is.

  7. crazy says:

    I wonder if the problem(s) go deeper than bad coaching or technique. The Rays clubhouse is reported to be a lighthearted and fun-loving place. Does anyone know if it's become the same kind of "country club" atmosphere Davin Joseph alluded to in talking about in crediting the Schiano culture change for the Bucs solid O-line performance in the face of major injuries last year?

    • Don says:

      I know there have been players not crazy about thefun loving Clubhouse Atmosphere, the who gives a damn attitude, Maddon harbors, Put Carl Crawford at the top of that list. If he would give you a straight ,"I don't want to rock any boats" answer, Ben Zobrist would be 2nd....take it from there....The other juveniles love IT...


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