Defense, Pitching Can’t Counter 5-For-29

July 17th, 2016

LongoriaNow it’s the top of the order dooming the Rays.

The defense was there last night in a 2-1 loss to Baltimore, so was the pitching. But the top of the Rays’ order looked like the bottom of the order did for months. Two games out of the All-Star break and Logan Forsythe, Brad Miller, Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison are a combined 5-for-29 with one RBI and one run scored. And those guys have been miserable in key situations, too.

You just can’t do that against the division leader in your house. Yeah, it’s a two-game snapshot against strong pitching, but enough is enough. The Rays are 1-11 this month.

Joe can’t pretend this inexcusable garbage is somehow ok.

Something has to get this team dialed in quickly. This heinous season really has Joe deeply questioning the drive and character within the Rays, from the manager on down.

7 Responses to “Defense, Pitching Can’t Counter 5-For-29”

  1. Darth Ray-der Says:

    How about the drive and character within the Rays from the manager on up.

  2. Darth Ray-der Says:

    At first it was Stu Sternberg with a mob of Wall Street Wiz kids embracing the new baseball statistics before most anyone else in the league (Oakland moneyball excluded). He was able to do well with a limited payroll at the time. As in war, if you come out with a new weapon, it’s not long until your adversaries copy it too. Hence, the 2016 Rays on display. Now everybody is doing the same thing and you still have the lowest payroll in the league. Not a happy place to be.

    Sooo…It’s time to bring baseball experts back. Instead of just looking at the numbers, you need to bring in baseball people to draft, to trade, to coach, and to win. Until Stu wakes up to this fact, we will always do what we’ve always done.

  3. Darth Ray-der Says:

    Definition of insanity: Keep on doing the same thing and expecting a different result.

  4. Darth Ray-der Says:

    Rays win ! Rays win ! Rays Win ! 5 to 2. Longoria hits 2 dingers !

  5. richraysfan Says:

    If the Rays get rid of starters then they are mortgaging their future and will not be viable for at least 10 years. This team has been woefully mismanaged. The owner is milking this franchise for all he can get. Forget the new stadium … that will never happen. He will continue to root for the Mets and cash in on profits here. Simple plan.

  6. FortMyersDave Says:

    I hear ya richrays! However, it looks like the Rays could move a couple of their starters if you believe the rumor mill! The question is what will they get for a Matt Moore or Jake Odorizzzi. Knowing the Rays recent track history it is likely they will get some prospects that Baseball America will have ranked high but like Willy Adames who are going to be years away from contributing! Stu makes coin and the rays lose 100, pretty pathetic!

    I think Darth hit the nail on the head with the moneyball analogy, sabermetrics have been overused and good old fashioned scouting has been undervalued by the rays. Clean house and bring in some fresh eyes in the scouting area. getting a new skipper can’t hurt either. Cash is costing this team game after game. The newest evidence: men on first and third one out and he has LoMo try to bunt???? Insane, absolutely inept and insane!

  7. Buccfan37 Says:

    Change their name to the TB Sunshined Out Rays and move the games outdoors to a much smaller stadium capacity. Sellouts galore, sweating in the B league.


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