Baseball, by its nature and history, is a game that lends itself to hyper-analysis. There are a lot of reasons the Rangers beat us yesterday but, make no mistake, that is what happened. But, rather than obsess over yesterday’s outcome, baseball gives us the gift of a game today to focus on anew.
I kept saying it during yesterday’s Baseball Tonight Live discussion, and I posted it on Facebook, and I said it in the comments: James Shields will be fine today and the Rays are going to win. Can I justify that belief with any statistical support? Maybe. But I am not going to try. We will have all winter to evaluate what happened during this series and what that means for the immediate and long-term future of the Rays.
For the moment, I am just going to root for Shields and put my faith in Joe Maddon. Both have earned that much.
Besides, as my good friend Transplant Billy pointed out in the comments, at least we got a hit…so we have that going for us…which is nice.