Boston Red Sox  v Tampa Bay RaysTime 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.

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THE GOOD: The Garza Complex. When he is on, is there a better pitcher in baseball? In fact, when he is on, he is as close to Pedro Martinez in his prime, as you will ever see. mid-90′s with nasty movement and pinpoint control. Unhittable…Dirtbag Cometh. MVP!-MVP!-MVP!…Michel Hernandez. How safe is Shawn Riggans’ job? Hernandez is 6-14 and obviously Matt Garza likes throwing to him.

THE BAD: Timing. What inning did Matt Garza lose his perfect game? That would be the 7th. Now check this headline. And Marc Lancaster does not get a pass for his TweetJinx. We know you guys have a job to do, but would it kill you to dance around the wording a little better?…Jason Bartlett. Barty, who left Wednesday night’s game with a sore hamstring, was in the lineup but was noticeably limping.

THE TELLING: Matt Garza has had a few of these dominating performances with the Rays. We will say it again. If a Rays pitcher is going to throw a no-hitter, it will be Garza. And we will now add that if Garza ever throws a no-hitter, Dioner Navarro will not be behind the plate. Three times now, Garza has taken a 1-hitter or 2-hitter deep into a game. Each time, Navarro was on the bench…Both teams did not arrive in Florida last night until about 4:00am.

SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Matt Garza and Evan Longoria. Don’t get used to this, but we couldn’t pull ourselves to not honor Longoria. Besides as big a win as last night deserves two Sunbursts.

DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe takes a look at the transformation of Matt Garza from the doghouse to bulldog. [Boston Globe]

Garza fights himself sometimes. “When he wakes up in the morning he’s amped up,” said Rays manager Joe Maddon. “So the key is to get him to stick to a game plan. That’s what he did last night.”

  • Red Sox Monster calls last night’s game, the worst loss of the season. [Red Sox Monster]
  • Joey Johnston takes a look at the long road Michel Hernandez took from fleeing Cuba, to the biggest night of his baseball career. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Andy Sonnanstine feels that he is throwing as well as ever, but that he just needs to fight through the struggles. [St. Pete Times]
  • One player that is missing from this series is Rocco Baldelli, who says The Trop was always good to him. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Alden Gonzalez updates the rehabs for Shawn Riggans and Chad Bradford. Bradford is likely to throw batting practice on Sunday. [Rays Plays]
  • John Romano does not see any quick fixes and feels the only thing that will get the Rays out of last place is patience, something the Rays excel at. [St. Pete Times]
  • Around the Majors hands out some hardware for the month of April, giving the AL MVP to Evan Longoria. [Around the Majors]
  • Rays the Stakes provides the reasoning behind the players they chose for the Tampa Bay Rays Trade Pool. [Rays the Stakes]
  • In a slight modification to protocol, the Top 177 Devil Rays ever is now a Friday feature and will include 4 players each week. Up this week are #112-109. It is always fun if you try to name the players before looking at the names. [Bugs and Cranks]

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9 Comments

  1. Brian says:

    Rays continue their feast or famine approach. I have a feeling that tonight is going to be a 9-7 type of game. Hopefully the Duke can keep the ball down.

  2. theraysparty says:

    I think Hernandez deserves another start tonight after a career game last night. I don’t think he will even get a hit if he does start but it will give Navarro a much needed mental break after his poor defense in the series in Minnesota.

    • Dirtbag Fan says:

      I couldn’t possibly agree more.
      It would work twofold; one, it would reward Hernandez for a great game and two, it would remind Navi that he can’t just cruise through the season like he’s the only catcher worthy of starting.
      Great point.

      • EDS says:

        I too vote: !No Mas! Navarro. Not until he sits for a while. Hernandez should play, even if he had been 0 for last night, he caught last night’s game well…smoother behind the plate. Navarro did not look good even sitting on the bench…something not right there.

    • MJ says:

      Agreed. Navi hasn’t swung the bat at any point this season like Michael did last night. I know Navi is an “all-star” catcher, but Michel is swinging a bigger stick than Navi is. Not to mention he looked pretty good behind the plate, with a couple of txt book blocks. Of course its easy when your guys is hitting his spots all night. To think Navi went to arbitration this off season…

  3. Mike B says:

    Can’t dismiss Garza’s performance but that double by Longo was HUGE. If the Rays don’t score there, I don’t know if the Rays score all night bc of the ways the offense have been going it would have been demoralizing, and everybody would probably start pressing.

    I am hoping we can look back on that at bat as the one that sparked the offense.

  4. Michael says:

    Didn’t Lancaster jinx somebody (probably Garza again) that was throwing a no-hitter last year too? Unbelievable. A Boston friend sent me a text in the fifth inning last night and I knew what he was trying to do so I didn’t even look at it. Don’t these reporters know any better?

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