The Rays Don’t Want The Postseason

By Dustin Staggers

After winning 4 out of 5 and making a move up the AL East and WC Standings, the Rays have dropped their last 3 games by a combined score of 25 to 9.    Two of the games were quite embarassing losing 11-2 on Sunday to Ryan Rowland Smith and getting shut out last night by Ervin Santana.

Sunday’s loss I had to turn off at one point as I was tired of watching sorry ass Scott Kazmir get shelled by a team with one player hitting over .300.  The only positive thing to come from this game was the continued torrid streak of the new leadoff man Jason Bartlett. BJ Upton was moved into the 9 hole before this game, and showed Joe Maddon why by going 0 for 4 on 14 pitches.

Sunday’s game was a real dandy actually and Ben Zobrist had a chance to win it in the top of the 9th, but Juan Rivera caught his ball over the tiny left field wall at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.  Matt Garza had his shortest outing of the season going 3.1 innings and giving up 6 runs, 4 of which were earned. Newly acquired Russ Springer came in and pitched a total of 0 outs, giving up two hits, one of which was a HR.  Once again, the only positive thing to come from this game was Jason Bartlett going 3 for 5 with 2 runs, and was a single short of the cycle.   BJ Upton continued his torris pace down the crapper going 0 for 4 with 3 k’s on 19 pitches.

Last nights game began as a pitchers duel for both teams with a score of 0 to 0 in the 5th, but David Price imploded in the bottom of the 5th.   He gave up 3 in the 5th and 3 in the 6 and when you combine that with 3 hits by our team, you get what some people refer to as an ass-whooping.

The Rays are now 9 games out of first place in the AL East, all but assuring that we have no chance of winning the division and we are 3.5 games out of the WC standings.  We also failed to take advantage of a 5 game losing streak by the Sox.