Joe is back with his postgame thoughts…
Boy oh boy did the Rays need this.
No, it wasn’t a boatload of offense (thought Kelly Johnson and James Loney did bring the sticks).
No, it wasn’t starting pitcher (Matt Moore did that).
It was a bullpen. Finally.
Moore pitched strong. But as he is wont to do of late, he racked up a lot of early-game pitches and, thus, had to be pulled early. The way the Rays’ bullpen has coughed up leads of late, this was a bad sign.
Jamey Wright wasn’t exactly lockdown, giving up two runs by finally a Rays pitcher from the pen was able to keep the Jays off the board, Cesar Ramos. Hopefully, this is a season-long trend.
Now Joe knows that Merlot Joe said by the end of the season the Rays will have the best pen in the American League. That’s fine, but the Rays don’t need the best pen at the end of the season. The Rays need a solid pen now before they are out of the playoff hunt.