August 25, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson (58) talks with pitching coach Jim Hickey (48), third baseman Evan Longoria (3), catcher Jose Lobaton (21) and first baseman Carlos Pena (23) on the mound in the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Game 143 Preview: Game 142, Not Game 162

Last night was a terrible loss for the Rays. We get that. But there also happens to be 20 games left in the season. If Evan Longoria had hit a walk-off home run in Game 142 while Robert Andino had hit a walk-off single versus the Red Sox, it would have been nice, but we still we have been sure the Red Sox would not possibly blow their wild card lead. There’s still time. The Rays are just 3 games back of the Yankees and Orioles. They’re not that far away. If they play better, if they go on a run, they’ll be absolutely fine. Is there reason for concern after the last two games? Of course. Is there reason to panic? No. It happens and better it happened now than in the final series of the season- which the Rays will play against the Orioles. The Rays need a win. The Rays need to out against the Orioles today and do whatever it takes to win this game. But if they win today and win moving forward, there won’t be a problem. Jeremy Hellickson and the Rays have to execute today. They realize just how badly this low feels right now and they’re going to do everything they can to play the best 20 games of their lives the rest of season. The pressure is on and it’s not going to come off. But there’s time for the Rays to get back on track and show the type of ability we know they have.

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays

comments powered by Disqus