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: King David. 5.2 innings, 1 runs, 11 Ks, only 2 walks. Yeah this kid might be good. And Joe Maddon let him throw 108 pitches. The fastball was more in line with where many think it should be. Most were 94-95. But he always leaves a little in the tank. 22 of his fastballs hit 96 or 97, 19 of those were on 2-strike counts. That is an amazing weapon. To be abble to consistently add an inch or two to a fastball with 2 strikes. In fact, pitch 108, his last, was 97, a swinging strike on Delmon Young…The Carlness. A month ago he was hitting .225. After 3 more hits yesterday he is now hitting .329 with a .385 OBP. He also added his second HR in 2 days…Grant Balfour. 2.2 innings is a long stint for The Mad Australian, but he looked good striking out 3. But his fastball is still only 93-94 where last year it averaged 95.6…Randy Choate was again responsible for out-27 and came through. Choate had never recorded a save in his big league career and now has 2 in 2 days…Joe Dillon. The trade gave the Rays a little value afterall. Dillon filled in at DH and homered.
THE BAD: Streak Ends. Entering the game, Carl Crawford had stolen 32 straight bases without being caught, but was picked off in the third inning ending the streak. Feels a bit rotten that it ends on a pickoff.
THE TELLING: Willy Aybar got another start at second with Ben Zobrist filling in at short. Gabe Kapler was once again in right field…The Rays remain 5.5 games behind the Yankees in 4th place, 4 games behind the Red Sox and Jays…Matt Garza will face his former team for the first time today.
SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: David Price
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- The Matt Joyce era for the Rays begins…again…for now. Joyce was called up and Dale Thayer and his ‘stache were sent back to Durham. This brings the roster back to the usual 12 pitcher makeup…As for Joyce, we have to believe that he will be the most-days right fielder even against lefties, although he will certainly be spelled from time-to-time with a lefty on the mound. That is, unless his stay is only a few days until Pat Burrell returns. [The Heater]
- Pat Burrell got another round of shots in his neck and will be reevaluated on Tuesday. [The Heater]
- Gary Shelton tries to envision what the future holds for David Price. [St. Pete Times]
- Marc Topkin compares the rash of injuries suffered in the past week to other bad weeks in franchise history and wonders if this was the worst. [St. Pete Times]
- Still, Marc Topkin says that the recent injuries reveal just how much depth the Rays have built in the organization. [St. Pete Times]