Update…Rays Starting Lineup 5/30/12
Ugh. Two runs on seven hits, six runners left on the bags, 0-6 with runners in scoring position (RISP), and 0-4 with RISP and two outs. For shits and giggles, let’s pretend that Shields didn’t give up five runs (earned or otherwise) in the sixth. Could we have expected a tally in the “W” column by scoring only two runs? Should we have assumed that the Rays could have won tonight’s game by leaving six on the base paths?
After the game yesterday, Tampa Bay is hitting a paltry .230 with men in scoring position. What’s more, the Rays are striking out more than 1/3 of the time they come to the plate, while walking only 1/6 of the time. Those numbers are, uh…
To put it in simple terms, the White Sox have averaged eight runs per game over the course of the last seven games, and the Rays have averaged 3.85. The Rays cannot win by putting up a two spot in each of the last two games. But, at least Hideki Matsui did something awesome. His first hit as a Ray was a two run dinger. That’s pretty cool!
Oh, and let me tell you how thrilled I am to watch LHP Jose Quintana (1-0, 1.54 ERA) pitch today. In his last two starts, Quintana has given up all of two runs on five hits and five walks, while striking out seven. I mean, just take a look at his pitching breakout (below) from his last start against the Indians on May 25th. 81 fastball’s, and 59 for strikes? Yeesh. Blake, the lead singer of one of my favorite bands, Jawbreaker, once sang, “Accept the best, expect the worst.” I kind of, almost, feel like that lyric is applicable.