It doesn’t matter which strings Joe Maddon pulls or what schemes he and his coaching staff conjure up.
They aren’t going to win this Fall for one simple reason: The Red Sox are (much) better than the Rays are.
I love Maddon. I think he’s a good coach and motivator. But his teams enter every campaign with the same flaws each and every year: Not enough GOOD young players; not enough power, and no .300 hitters outside of Longoria when he can stay healthy—hardly a given from what we’ve seen.
The afore-mentioned shortcomings force Maddon to perform like Einstein with shifts and substitutions and strategies that resemble rearranging chairs on a ship that’s taking on water.
It’s not going to keep the ship from sinking because the ship itself is the problem.
And THAT’S the fault of owners who are either too cheap to do what’s necessary to field a championship contender or too stupid to take the right steps or both…
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