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: Carlos Pena. Pena hit his league-leading 11th home run of the season…Carl Crawford’s arm. We have long been hard on Crawford’s arm noting that CC was gold glove from bat to glove, but spaghetti armed after that. Last night on a flyball to left, Dustin Pedroia tagged up. CC didn’t throw The Hobbit out, but he did the next best thing.
THE BAD: Maddoning Genius. Brian Shouse has allowed a career OPS split of .858 against righties and .587 against lefties. He is the epitome of a lefty specialist. A LOOGY, if you will. So, of course, Joe Maddon would never bring Shouse in to face the righty Kevin Youkilis with the bases loaded and the game still in doubt at 7-5. Wrong. Double. 2 runs scored. Game over. For a manager that preaches so much about percentages and trends and charts. The dude sure can overthink things sometimes and end up doing the exact opposite….Dioner Navarro. We honestly think Navi has completely forgotten how to be a catcher. Last night with Gabe Kapler trying to throw a runner out at home, rather than step in front of plate, Navi tried to field the ball in foul territory behind the base runner. Of course, the ball hit the base runner and was kicked towards the dugout…Carl Crawford’s arm. Seriously though. We don’t care if Crawford fell into the stands making the catch. Nobody should ever be able to tag up to third on a flyball to left.
THE TELLING: Michel Hernandez will get his second start of the series today…The Rays still have a shot to win this 4-game series with James Shields on the mound.
SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Carlos Pena. He now leads the league in home runs and was on base 4 times last night.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- James Shields watched video of Matt Garza’s last start and hopes to use that today against the Red Sox. [Tampa Tribune]
- Marc Lancaster takes a look at the crowded situation that may soon be the Rays bullpen. [Tampa Tribune]
- Marc Topkin says we have learned a lot about the 2009 Rays in one month, most importantly may be that Joe Maddon and Andrew Friedman will remain patient. [St. Pete Times]
- Gary Shelton takes a look at the struggles of all-star catcher Dioner Navarro. My, what a difference a year makes. [St. Pete Times]