Joe is back with his postgame thoughts…
Well, what do you know? The Rays bullpen actually got the job done, including of all people, closer Fernando Rodney.
It sure looked ugly when the kid from Highland, Ill. — Joe’s old neck of the woods — couldn’t make it past the fifth inning and coughed up six runs, erasing what was a six-run lead by the Rays.
Joe nearly couldn’t choke down any of his beers at that point. The way the Rays’ bullpen has been throwing batting practice, if the starter gave up a half-dozen runs, this was going to be a long, long afternoon.
And it was, but not because of the Rays’ pen. Sure there were some anxious moments, Josh Lueke’s schizophrenic one-inning appearance springs to mind. Even Fernando Rodney was solid, despite giving up a hit.
Really, Joe had no confidence in the pen, short of Joel Peralta. Just how worn out by now his this guy? Sooner or later Merlot Joe is going to have to give the guy a rest. Then, watch the pen explode.
Joe isn’t sure if today was the day the Rays’ bullpen turned the corner, or if it was the simple fact the Rays were facing the Miami Fish?