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?



  1. Joe says:

    The bullpen didn't get the job done today, Kelly Johnson did. Period.

  2. Tone says:

    The Marlins are the only reason this turned into a win. Any other team in baseball, including the Astros, likely pulls off the upset. Odorizzi now has 4 big league starts(2 with Royals) and all of them show the same problem; mediocre pitches left up and middle up. This guy needs pinpoint control if he hopes to have any success at all. Personally, I think any one of Archer, Torres, or Colome is better suited for the next few starts; all of them have plus pitches, unlike Odorizzi. It's frustrating seeing the same issues with pitching each week and nothing being done about it. Hernandez to pen, 2 of Archer/Colome/Torres up to start, and Farnsworth sent packing/DL stint. Seems pretty obvious, at least if winning is the ultimate goal.

    • Mr.Smith 1980 says:

      I can see where you're coming from, but you said it yourself that Odorizzi has 4 big league starts. Is he supposed to be amazing right out of the gate? The rope needs to be a little longer on a finesse guy then with a high velo guy.

      Also, I think Rays fans are starting to forget what it is like for most other teams in baseball- you know, where the 4 and 5 pitchers are about as far from a sure thing as you can imagine.

      • Tone says:

        They have better options, there is no excuse. 4 starts and the same basic problem; location. Archer on the other hand has actually shown real potential against tougher opponents. No contest.

        • Mr.Smith 1980 says:

          I could give you a list of all-star aces who have struggled with fastball location for stretches much longer than 4 games.

          4 starts is a small sample, especially considering that 2 of those starts that you're referencing came with a different organization and during a different season.

    • Ken says:

      Ordorizzi lacks an out pitch. Too many Marlin batters had high pitch count AB's yesterday. I like the fact that he's a battler but 8, 10, 12 pitches to hitters early in the game has got to have an effect. Might be why his pitches were up by the 5th.

  3. JJ says:

    I thought McGee had a decent outing. Looked like he was using his off speed stuff a little more, an encouraging sign.


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