Welcome to the Rays tank, where the leads are fleeting and the ledes are buried. Winning (or losing) a baseball game is like going bankrupt; it happens gradually, then all at once. Here's a look at some games that turned around suddenly. Ladies, gents, and random letter/number username guy, I give you: September 23rd.
From just last year in Boston, Alex Cobb was sharp. That didn't stop the Rays from trailing 1-0 late. And then the eighth inning happened.
Next up, the Rays are all knotted up against the Orioles in 2013. James Loney tries to get a rally started.
And just like that, it's over. I've long a been a believer that walkoffs are not a respecter of persons.
It's not just with the bat where things can turn around quickly. It can happen on defense too. In 2012 against the Jays, Colby Rasmus thinks he has a hit...until he doesn't, thanks to Carlos Pena.
And in 2009 against the Mariners, Randy Choate is pretty sure he just gave up the game-tying homer with two outs in the ninth...until he didn't, thanks to B.J. Upton.
I have no idea why Choate was closing in the first place. Does that make you feel better about Kevin Cash?
Lastly, in 2010 we have CC Sabathia cruising along into the sixth. And then, out of nowhere, there was this iceberg...
"Always go to other people's funerals. Otherwise, they won't come to yours." Yankee great, former manager, and legendary quote machine Yogi Berra passed away today at the age of 90. Here's a tribute from MLB.
Rest in peace, Yogi. I'm sure it will be a packed house.
- That wasn't exactly what he said, but Scott Boras thinks that Brad Boxberger should shut his mouth and close out games.
- The Rays say there are no concerns for next year, but they're shutting down Nathan Karns for the rest of the season with forearm tightness. Mostly I think this means that they don't want to transition him fully to a bullpen role if there's nothing to be gained on the year for it.
- David Price, like he was constantly doing while he pitched here, has changed his approach over the last part of the season. He already had improved his cutter. Now he's throwing it more.