As Time to bring back the GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
THE GOOD: Off-Day. The Rays probably needed their first off-day of the season. Hell, we were ready to pull an artificial “rain out” ala “Bull Durham” and activate the sprinkler system at Da Trop…Playoffs? According to Baeball Prospectus the Rays still have a 48.9% chance of making the playoffs despite their slow start.
THE BAD: The Rays are still in last place.
THE TELLING: In 2002, the Tampa Bay Bucs won their division and beat a longtime nemesis to reach the Super Bowl. The following season, the Bucs opened the season by beating that same nemesis on the road. sound familiar? The ’03 Bucs finished 7-9.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- As mentioned earlier, Jason Isringhausen made his 2009 debut with double-A Montgomery. Whether they were intentional or a result of frustration, Izzy has not won the hearts of fans with many of his quotes since joining the Rays. After last night’s game, he chose the silent route preferring not to talk about his performance or his situation. [Montgomery Advertiser]
- Marc Lancaster talked to Joe Maddon about how and when decisions are made for coaching moves during a game. [Tampa Tribune]
- Tonight will be Joe Maddon’s 500th game as a Rays manager (although he spent 2 in California for his wife’s graduation). That will give him the longest tenure as a Rays manager, surpassing Larry Rothschild. [St. Pete Times]
- Joe Smith writes about the importance of the Rays bench. [St. Pete Times]
- Joe Henderson picks apart the Rays slow start. [Tampa Tribune]
- Rays Revolutionary has a list of 10 things they would like to see from the Rays on their west coast trip…We would be ecstatic with just #3 and #9. [Rays Revolutionary]
- Troy Percival is the 117th best Devil Ray of all time. [Bugs and Cranks]
- The Rays Party checks in with some former Rays. [The Rays Party]
- Rocco Baldelli suffered his first leg injury with the Red Sox and could be headed to the DL. [Providence Journal]
- Rays of Light has their week 2 “AL East Roundtable.” [Rays of Light]