Momentum is an unmeasurable and ultimately finicky thing.
Is it real? I don’t know. But if it is real, we just stole it.
The Rays didn’t just need a win. They needed that win. They needed to dodge two silver bullets (a special hat tip to Matt Joyce’s balance and John Jaso’s glove for providing those bullets).
Then they needed to hang up a crooked number. (By the way, I wrote this earlier this summer, but when the 2010 Rays score 5 or more runs, they follow that effort up with another 5+ effort more than half the time).
Are we going to win the series? Maybe not. (Let’s be honest, the Rangers are playing with house money because they know Cliff Lee will make another start). Are the 96-win Rays suddenly back? Yes.
I don’t know what to make of all this but I do have to take part of the blame. We watched the game with some friends. BJ Upton drove in the tying run while I was standing on the back deck watching through the windows. What did I do? I went back and sat on the couch. Right in the spot where the Rays had left all those runners.
Finally, I figured it out, went back outside, and the Rays offense returned. Our friends don’t know this yet but I am obviously watching the rest of the playoffs from their deck, whether they are home or not.
P.S. While we are on the topic, I sort of called that shot yesterday.