Talking Playoffs With A Straight Face

June 15th, 2016

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Philadelphia PhilliesThe Rays Train keeps rolling!

The story from yesterday’s 8-7 win over the Mariners at the Trop was the power surge by Corey Dickerson and Evan Longoria. That four-run seventh inning was a sight to behold, something that should make each Rays-loving soul turn their head toward the sky, throw up their hands and give thanks for hitting savant Derek Shelton.

But like all well-told tales, more than a few voices were involved.

After Jake Odorizzi and Dana Eveland coughed up seven runs, Ryan Garton, Xavier Cedeno and Alex Colome served as silencers to allow Tampa Bay’s bats to claim the last word. The best news from this development might have been that Erasmo Ramirez, a workhorse’s workhorse, enjoyed a chance to recharge.

Be honest: How many of you thought this game was over when Seattle took a 7-4 lead in the seventh? A rally like this shows what the Rays can accomplish when everything aligns for them: The hitting potential, the bullpen prowess and the good-enough defense.

Joe thinks it’s delicious to think about the Rays’ ceiling after witnessing a win like this. Yes, it’s early and the Rays are 30-32, 6 1/2 games out of the AL East lead. But Tampa Bay looks like a team with bona fide playoff potential when scratching out hard-earned victories.

5 Responses to “Talking Playoffs With A Straight Face”

  1. Darth Ray-der Says:

    Heck, I turned it off in the top of the fifth with the Rays down 5 to 4 with Seattle getting the 1st 2 men aboard and nobody out. It’s starting to remind me of when the Rays started their yearly playoff run. They kept coming back to win games at the end. They could make a run if the starting pitching comes around. Didn’t last year’s pitchers have a major league record for ERA in a season?

  2. Miguel Grande Says:

    The Rays need to concentrate on winning series.

    They need to in more at home

    If Snell comes and wins 10-15 games, Guyer and KK get healthy. the starters get their heads screwed on straight, who knows what miracles may occur.

    Is Thursday’s game blacked out or are they really starting at 10 am like the TV schedule says?

  3. Miguel Grande Says:

    win more at home

  4. Guzzie Says:

    Why is eveland still on the team all he does is give up runs, hopefully he’s gone once Snell comes up, and no idea why Andriese is going to the pen when Smyly is pitching horribly

  5. Darth Ray-der Says:

    The Yankmees lost and are in Last Place ! Woo Hoo !!!


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