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: Jeff Niemann. A strange but pleasant start. At no point did we think Niemann was pitching that well, but next thing we knew, he was in the 8th inning and had only allowed 2 runs. It was just the second time this season a starter went 8 innings, and the big number was Zero, as in zero walks. And the big moment came in the first when he got out of the inning having allowed only 1 run. If the A’s put up a crooked number there, it could have been a different game…Jason Bartlett. We guess we should stop being surprised. 3 more hits and 5 RBI. It was Barty’s 10th 3-hit game of the year…Ben Zobrist. The catch in which Zorilla flipped over the wall in right field and held on to the ball was very good. But what made it great is that he did it in a blowout. Peter Gammons on Zorilla last night: “Is there another player in baseball that can play 7 positions well, hit home runs and run?”…Jason Isringhausen. 17 pitches, 14 for strikes. But man, he looks like Troy Percival’s little younger brother. Is that a good thing?
THE BAD: Unfortunately, the Devil Rays ($19) have been unable to pick up any ground during the 4-game winning streak as the Jays have also won 4-straight and the Yankees have won 6 in a row.
THE TELLING: Dioner Navarro was on the bench for the second straight night battling pink eye…The Devil Rays ($20) did not steal a base last night for the first time in 20 games, ending the longest streak in the AL since 1914…
SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jason Bartlett. With Joe Maddon managing the AL All-Star squad, Bartlett is a near-lock to make his first all-star team
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- It takes Martin Fennelly a while to get to it, but he has Joe Maddon’s rant on the “unwritten rules of baseball.” It is an excellent read. [Tampa Tribune]
“That book needs to be burned because the game has totally changed since that particular moment,” Maddon said. “To me, rewrite the book. Do what you think is right as an organization. … And it’s not necessary for another organization to tell the other organization how to do their business – ever.”
- Marc Lancaster wants you to grade the Rays. [Tampa Tribune]
- Tyler Hissey, who we have linked to a few times around here, is one of 10 finalists in Baseball Prospectus’, “Prospectus Idol” competition. [Baseball Prospectus]