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: Gold Gloves. Typical Rays D in the 3rd. Evan Longoria got a speedy Endy Chavez trying to drag bunt (right when the M’s announcers were trying to tell us that Longo is almost as good defensively as Adrian Beltre). Junior Griffey then grounded right into the shift, which was followed by Aki Iwamura making one of his patented plays on a ground ball behind second base. Just your typical 1-2-3 inning.
THE BAD: BJ Upton’s quad. BJ missed last night’s game with a sore quad. He says there is nothing to worry about. We are worried…7 infielders. Really. 4 infielders is probably enough. Sometimes a 5th is called for. But the way routine fly balls keep landing in the outfield grass it is as if Joe Maddon is using 7 infielders. In the bottom of the 4th two triples got over the heads of Ben Zobrist and Gabe Kapler scoring 3. It took an amazing diving catch by Kapler or else it would have been 3 over-the-head basehits. We think it might be time to double-check the math on that theory…Not Zorilla’s night. With 1 out in the 4th and Pat Burrell on first, Ben Zobrist hit a line drove double off the left field wall. Unfortunately, he hit it too hard. A little higher and it is a home run. A little softer and Burrell scored from first. Instead, The Bat is at third. Eventually the Rays loaded the bases, but failed to score. Later in the game, Zobrist hit a long drive to left-center that was caught just short of the wall.
THE TELLING: The Mariners apparently rearranged their rotation to make sure Jarrod Washburn got a start in this series…What do you think goes through the head of every pitcher each time one of those flyballs lands 20 feet short of the wall without being caught?
SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Andy Sonnanstine. Kinda tought to give it to a pitcher that allows 4 runs, but his defense didn’t help on 3 of the runs and there really weren’t any other good options. Besides, 7 strike outs and only 1 walk is a good night and hopefully a sign of things to come from The Duke.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Want to write about the Rays but not interested in starting your own blog? Rays the Stakes is looking for some help. [Rays the Stakes]
- Todd Kalas returned to work after taking a week to be with his family after the passing of his father Harry Kalas. [Rays Report]
- Joe Maddon “felt confident” that BJ Upton will play tonight. [The Heater]
- Knology joins Comcast by reaching an agreement with Sun Sports to carry the other half of the Rays games this season. Marc Lancaster believes Knology was the last cable company not carrying all of the Rays games. But we were told that Cox Cable in the Gainesville, Ocala and Ft. Lauderdale areas was also not carrying the Rays games on Sun Sports. Anybody know if this is still the case? [Rays Report]
- David Laurila of Baseball Prospectus interviewed James Shields on his preparation and approach on the mound. Excellent look inside the mind of a big league pitcher. [Baseball Prospectus]
- Rays the Stakes has their latest “Give me one reason…” feature. [Rays the Stakes]