Probably the best thing about Major League Baseball is that you never can really be sure of the outcome of a contest. The worst team can beat the best team at anytime. A pitcher with the worst ERA in the big leagues can have a great night and throw a perfect game. It’s even possible for a young pitcher to nearly throw a no-hitter and shutout in his MLB debut. That last one seems pretty crazy but not to the Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros. Astros pitching prospect Jarred Cosart proved it on Friday by carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning and a shutout into the ninth. The Rays made a go of it but came up just short.
The most upsetting part of it to me wasn’t that the young fellow wasn’t able to finish the job or that the Rays were unable to come back and win the game with their ninth inning rally. The worst part of the game for me was that my prediction nearly came true. In an article previewing Cosart’s debut I mentioned a few ideas about what might happen. Click here to read it, the prediction is at the bottom. I figured Cosart would do well but not that well. My guess was that the Rays would win 4 – 2 with David Price outdueling the youngster just barely.
Well, you could certain argue that Price’s nine inning effort was better than Cosart’s 8 plus inning effort just barely. Then just imagine what happened at the end of the game. The Rays scored one and had Evan Longoria at the dish with two men on base. That’s right boys and girls. If Longoria hits a walk-off homer right there the Rays would have won 4 – 2 with Price slightly outdueling the young fellow.
It doesn’t really matter now but I was almost right about my prediction. That is the most upsetting part of the game is that I was that close to being right. Since I am on a roll I’ll go ahead and predict that the red hot Rays finish off this series with two wins over the weekend. They at least better keep the momentum for that long because they are still a healthy distance back from the Boston Red Sox and they need all the wins they can get if they plan to catch them.