Joe is back with his postgame thoughts. …

The Rays and Hellboy got pasted 10-1 by the Royals tonight before an alleged Rays crowd of 11K and change, and Joe’s going to nearly pretend it didn’t happen. The beer will go down easier that way.

But there was one small takeaway; Luke Scott went 2-for-2 off the bench and avoided Hediki Matsui territory of 2012.

Scott’s freefall was pronounced before tonight, and his skid was eerily reminiscent of the Matsui horror show thrust upon Rays fans for too long about this time last year.

Scott dove into extra work on his hitting before tonight’s game, and he was the only live Rays bat Thursday with a double and a single.

Sure, Joe’s rooting for Will Myers to surface, and Scott’s career is likely on life support. But if Joe Maddon is going to insist on sticking with him, it’ll be a damn good thing if he can at least not be a sure out. Perhaps Scott has one more good run in him before he gets hurt again.





  1. Allen says:

    And we learned with certainty that Hellickson can pitch 5 innings. No more. We learned that Fuld is in Matsui territory---a sure out---and he's not even 38.

  2. Beazy says:

    Well, I felt like some of the players tonight, I listened to the 1st 1/2 of the game, then took the rest of night off... #restingupforFridaysgame

  3. Tone says:

    Seeing Elliot Johnson celebrate like that was demoralizing. His antics are like those of a slighted child, yet the Rays did not slight him: just a trade. Any chance during this series, dude needs a plunking.

    • Allen says:

      Thankfully I did not see or listen to any of this game, but I did notice that E. Johnson raised his BA from .220 to .242 in just one game against the Rays. Heck, by the end of the series he might be a .300 hitter!

    • Mr.Smith 1980 says:

      Now, now. We can't defend Archer's show of emotion then condemn Johnson's. I think Johnson is a super-dork and a AAAA player at best, but it was only a day ago that we were defending a young player for getting excited about doing well and it's a 2-way street.

      • Tone says:

        Not me, I thought what Archer did was stupid; even more so because his team was losing and it was not a quality start.

  4. stevek says:

    Why couldn't Elliot Johnso hit the ball like that for us?

    What a whooping!

    Good thing we have another game today.

    What's next, Brignac and the Yanks going to drop a bomb?

    • Mr.Smith 1980 says:

      Bear in mind that his numbers still suck... he just so happened to be fired up to be back at the Trop... he seems to be bitter for whatever reason, and for some people anger and resentment are the best of motivators.


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