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: Ben Zobrist. Zorilla hit another pinch-hit home run and is now 3-5 with 2 home runs as a pinch-hitter this season. Both were huge.
THE BAD: James Shields. Shields gives up home runs. Always has, always will. But what he can’t do is walk the leadoff hitter 2 batters before Justin Morneau. And then there is the hit batter with the bases loaded, and the 4 walks total…Willy Aybar. Where did he think he was going when he was thrown out at home by 20 feet?…Troy Percival. Let’s face it, at this point Percy still has decent stuff, but he has no idea where the ball is going. Nobody misses the strikezone by so much on such a consistent basis as Percival…JP Howell. Did his best Troy Percival imperonation by throwing about 126 pitches in the dirt…Baserunning. Stop us if you have heard this before. Two Rays were picked…
THE TELLING: Willy Aybar started at DH as Pat Burrell was pulled from the lineup prior to the game with a stiff neck…According to PECOTA, the Rays now have a 33.4% chance of making the playoffs. The Blue Jays, who lead the division have only an 11.1% shot.
SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Ben Zobrist. Can somebody please find this guy some more plate appearances?
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- In case you missed it, the WAGs list has been updated. [Tampa Bay Rays WAGs]
- Ryan Fagan has a long interview with Joe Maddon, in which they discuss what Maddon told David Price this spring and how he handles such a young pitching staff. [Sporting News]
- Interesting. Jason Bartlett only hits home runs when the Rays have a HUGE lead. [Bugs and Cranks]
- Kenny Powers Rays jerseys? Yikes. And kinda cool. [Deadspin]
- On Monday, Joe Maddon left Joe Nelson in the game to face Justin Morneau instead of brining in lefty Brian Shouse. Today we find out why. Maddon says Nelson is like having a third lefty in the ‘pen, noting that he likes Nelson against lefties “as much as any left-handed reliever in this league.”[St. Pete Times]
- The Rays Party wonders why the Rays are holding on to Jason Isringhausen when other options are apparent. [The Rays Party]
- Gerry Fraley says the Rays post-season run in ’08 is to blame for their rough start in ’09. [Sporting News]
- Dayn Perry says it is too soon to panic. [Fox Sports]