Please let tonight’s stellar 2-1 win against the Orioles mark the spiritual end of the heinous Roberto Hernandez experience and the start of the Chris Archer era, which should have been rocking two months ago.
Archer was superb — seven innings, 84 pitches, two hits. What more needs to happen? Joe Maddon can’t employ his usual loyalty to Hernandez. There’s just not enough there to keep him in the rotation. Archer already showed enough in 2012, and big young arms is what Rays baseball is supposed to be all about.
Hats off to Desmond Jennings for a complete clobbering of the game-winning, two-run homer.
And huge props to Joel Peralta for not losing his sh*t after the home plate ump stole a strikeout from him in the eighth, and the 2012 Fernando Rodney showed up in the ninth. Wow!
With 102 to go, the Rays looked pretty darn sharp.