At least Chris Davis did this and it was kinda cool.
The Rays’ third inning tonight was really all it took. Seriously.
See, they scored three runs in it. We scored two the entire game. We’re really not too good at this baseball thing, now, are we?
Nobody in our starting lineup, by the way, has an average higher than .286. That average belongs to Vlad Guerrero. The next closest is .283, which is Nick Markakis’ average. Although those aren’t horrible averages, the fact that they’re the highest batting averages that were on the field tonight…not a good sign for this team. When averages are on the lower side, if the team is winning it usually means that they successfully bunch their hits despite not getting too many during a game. This team really doesn’t win much, so we can’t even say we’re bunching hits well.
By the way, Zach Britton is an almost-respectable 9-10 now. For this team, that’s a surprisingly good W-L record. It’s a little disturbing that Britton has the second-best W-L record on this team, with Jake Arrieta (10-8) leading the way on the bench as he recovers from surgery. The supposed staff ace of this team is 7-17 (Guthrie). The future staff ace is 1-7 (Matusz). I don’t like using wins to determine a pitcher’s success, but for the most part these guys haven’t pitched horribly, with the exception of Matusz’s obvious struggles this year. Guthrie in particular has gotten the short end of the stick a number of times this season. If anything, what we’ve learned this year is that wins really don’t do much to tell you how good a pitcher really is. Wins are a team effort; they just happen to get the pitchers’ names on them.
I may or may not expand on that rant at a later date, considering that I need more data to back it up. However, my point stands – this team pitches better than its record indicates. Its batting and its bullpen are the major issues, and although this past offseason was supposed to resolve those problems they still exist. Get ready for a busy offseason, ladies and gentlemen.