“We discussed everything. It’s all good. You have it in your household. You’ve yelled at the kids, haven’t you? Your kids do something naughty, you straighten it out and everything’s fine. In the dugout, we did it in real time,” Maddon said.
The lowly Red Sox are now 8-5 against the Rays this season. These are games you should win if you’re trying to contend. And a very quiet Rays clubhouse knew it.
“That’s a dumb question,” responded Upton to an inquiry about whether the Rays were pressing. “No, we’re not pressing.”
Asked if they could come out of their offensive doldrums, Upton said, “We’re going to have to if we want things to go the way we expect it. We have to find a way to bounce out of it. We have to find a way to do it.”
The Rays depended on Boston’s horrible collapse last season to sneak into the playoffs. The only way that can happen now is if the Yankees, Orioles, or A’s collapse over the last 15 games and the Rays rebound.
Crazier things have happened and the Rays never rule themselves out because their pitching is simply too good.
But the name of the game is scoring runs. And for the longest time the Rays haven’t been able to solve the problem.