Major League Baseball has been referred to as the most difficult of all the major sports. I guess the famous attempt at playing baseball by basketballs greatest player some years ago kind of proves that to some extent. The Tampa Bay Rays would attest to it being an easier game to play awake than half asleep however. After a marathon contest thanks to rain delays on Friday, they were nearly subconscious during Saturday’s shutout.
Normally this might be looked at as just an excuse but I think they actually have a good point. Their opponent the Cleveland Indians have a deeper bench and were able to give a fresh start to a few key players, one of which being Jason Giambi who delivered a three RBI game against the Rays. The Rays meanwhile sleep walked through the contest and didn’t manage any more than four hits through nine innings.
To a man they were tired and planned to come out Sunday fresh and ready to take the rubber game of the series. Early returns on that game look like they are planning to do just that which is good news for their run towards the top of the American League East. They have gained several games of late and their good run will have a much better chance at continuing if they can avoid playing games ten hours apart for the next few weeks.
Whatever rule changes there might have been to affect this type of thing is certainly not something the Rays will be a fan of. Anyone without a really deep bench would be in the same shape.