THE GOOD: Cliff Floyd’s knees. Somehow Floyd’s legs were still intact after the game, despite having to run the bases a whopping 5 times. Twice Floyd had to score all the way from first base on extra-base hits by Willy Aybar. Floyd scored 4 runs in total.
THE BAD: James Shields. Shields walked a season-high 5 batters in only 5 innings…The Bullpen. No they were actually pretty good yesterday. Even though Grant Balfour blew the save after relieving the injured Troy Percival, as a group they only allowed 2 runs (1 earned) in 7 innings. However, Joe Maddon had to use his entire bullpen, all 7 relief pitchers, to get through the extra-inning affair. And while they performed well, some will be tired tonight in Texas and some may be unavailable. That puts a lot of pressure on Matt Garza tonight to work deep into the game…BJ Upton’s absolute lack of any baseball instincts on the basepaths. In the first inning, with Upton on first, Carlos Pena flied out to deep right-center. Upton thought the ball would drop and took off, rounding second on his way to third. When he realized the ball was caught, he ran straight back to first base without even pretending to touch second base on the way. Upton was doubled-up on the appeal.
THE TELLING: Paul Byrd will make his Red Sox debut tonight. They might score 19 runs and win, but it won’t be because of Byrd.
DEVIL RAYS WEBTOPIA…
- Troy Percival was once again injured during a play. This time he fielded a sac bunt and rather than flip it first base for the out, he instead chased the runner into foul territory, spraining his knee. Marc Topkin reported Percival was on crutches last night and is likely headed to the DL after further evaluation today. [The Heater]
- Carl Crawford had sugery on his injured finger yesterday and it “went well”. [MLB]
- MLBTradeRumors takes a look at some of the waiver-wire possibilities for the Rays. Does Rich Aurelia get anybody excited? [MLBTradeRumors]
- Looks like the Pirates might not be able to sign Pedro Alvarez prior to Friday’s deadline. If that happens, there won’t be any second-guessing on the Rays’ selection of Tim Beckham. The sticking point appears to be a spot on the 40-man roster, which of course would move Alvarez closer to the majors and free agency. [MLBTradeRumors]
- This should about seal the Mets fate…And by fate we of course mean death. [MetsBlog]
- Bob Nightengale agrees with us that the Yankees are roadkill…OK. Not the word he used, but close enough. [USA Today]