While the above statement may not be 100% true, it's close. Between hitting the game-winning home run the other night and pitching a relatively good inning last night, the guy is making himself useful.
I thought it was a good idea to put in Vantastic instead of using up one of our good arms in the bullpen. And truth be told, he really wasn't bad. He gave up one run in 2/3rds of an inning. Javier "I'll let you hit this ball over the wall" Lopez gave up 4 runs in 1/3rd of an inning. He can't even handle the responsibility of being a garbage pitcher any more. He certainly wasn't impressive in the outfield either. It was kind of sad. I almost felt bad for him, because if there had actually been fans at that stadium, he would have been humiliated.
That's another point. This team went to the world series last year. Where is their hometown support? The seats looked mostly empty to me. Pathetic show, Tampa area fans. Pathetic. I can only imagine what the stadium looks like when the (Devil) Rays face the Orioles. I bet you can hear crickets.... ringing cowbells. Hell, I wouldn't want to show up to a stadium that constantly rings cowbells either.
Beckett was awful. That's all I have for analysis. He was awful. He was so bad, he doesn't even deserve the title Commander for anything today (and he definitely did not kick ass). He'll get 'em next time. The entire game was so pathetically bad that it was almost entertaining. Almost.
Oh well. Fetus on the mound tonight. Hopefully we'll get better results from one of the guys who doesn't think he's our ace.
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