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: Ignorance is Bliss. A 2-hour rain delay before the start of the game probably left most of you thinking the game had been canceled and you probably never had to watch that embarrassing performance. You’re the lucky ones…Dirtbag returns. Evan Longoria was 2-5 and hit his first home run since May 9…Zorilla. Ben Zobrist was 2-3 with a double and a triple and walked twice.
THE BAD: Andy Sonnanstine. Sonny now has the third worst VORP (-10.0) of all starting pitchers. The only pitchers with at least 45ip with worse VORPs are the 46-year old Jamie Moyer and Scott Kazmir. If Sonnanstine was actor, he would be doing Celebrity Rehab by now…The Duke vs Francisco. Maybe it is time Andy Sonnanstine just start intentionally walking Ben Francisco every time up. In his first at bat last night Francisco homered for the 4th straight at bat against Sonny, a 3-run blast. He followed that up with an RBI single and is now 8-9 with 5 home runs off Sonnanstine. If this was Manny Ramirez you would just tip your cap. But it is Ben Francisco! A nobody hitting 8th for the Indians! …Dropping Turds. We don’t know who took more dumps on the field last night, the birds hovering in the outfield all night or the Rays pitching staff. Apparently Andy Sonnanstine wasn’t comfortable pitching with a 5-run lead so he decided to give it all back in the 2nd inning, and then 3 more in the 3rd. Joe Nelson’s Vulcan pitch looked more like a BP fastball. And the 7-8-9 hitters for the Tribe were a combined 7-12 with a walk and 6 RBI.
THE TELLING: Ben Zobrist started at shortstop and later moved to the outfield when Reid Brignac came into the game. Willy Aybar started at second for the third straight day.
SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Evan Longoria.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Joe Maddon had a telling quote on how playing time might shake out once Jason Bartlett returns from the DL. In short, expect to see a lot of Reid Brignac at second base and Ben Zobrist and Willy Aybar back in their accustomed part-time roles. [St. Pete Times]
“I love our bench, I think we have a great bench,” Maddon said. “I also like playing the bench in a manner where they’re not playing too often, and Zobrist I thought we had given him the right number of at-bats, and the same thing with Willy. And all of a sudden, you get more at-bats…There’s a fatigue factor — I know it’s early and I know they’re young — I know all that stuff. But when you’re not used to doing it for a while, it can present a bit of a problem.”
- It looks like Evan Longoria has an excellent shot to be voted to the AL All-Star starting lineup and is a close second to Derek Jeter for the most votes overall. [Rays Report]
- Lots of new faces on the roster and Rays Revolutionary puts the names with some info. [Rays Revolutionary]
- Steve Herrick has some quotes from one of the new faces, Joe Dillon, on his latest big league opportunity. [MLB]