If you weren’t amped up for opening day this year, it’d be hard to call yourself a Rays fan. The Trop is sold out. Cy Young winner David Price is on the bump against Rays castoff Jason Hamel. And do we ever owe the Orioles some payback for last season. Well it sounds better than it played out.
Matt Wieters put the Rays in a comeback mode early with a two run shot off Price, who looked shaky at least for the first four innings. But somehow with the aid of some outstanding defense by Evan Longoria, James Loney and Sam Fuld and clutch hitting by Ben Zobrist and Desmond Jennings we had a lead after six innings, 3-2. With our shutdown bullpen money in the bank right? Not on this day.
Jake McGee who was outstanding last season gave up back to back singles to Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis after getting ahead of both of them with two strikes and then again with the count 0-2 gives up a two run double to Adam Jones. After an IBB to Wieters Chris Davis put a fork in our Rays with a three run blast. Why they walked Wieters is a mystery, as right handed bats had an OPS of 291 versus McGee last year whereas lefties a more respectable 665.
The Rays lost 7-4 and while it’s one game some things need to settle down in a hurry. McGee adn Jamey Wright who both had issues in spring training continued those problems today. The Rays offense did nothing the first time around against Hamel as I believe his pitch count was less than 30 through three innings pitched.
Tomorrow is another day though and hopefully the Rays first win
As always Go Rays