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: The Bossman Cometh. It was his second 3-hit game in 3 days, but it was the line drive blast over the left field wall leading off the 9th inning that completed the biggest comeback in team history. And what was even better, was how hard the ball was hit. That was vintage Bossman and the best he has looked since the ALCS last year…The Bullpen. We can’t expect the 7 guys in the ‘pen to save the rotation’s butts every night, but they got the job done last night with 5.2 scoreless innings, holding the tribe to 1 hit and 2 walks over that span…Zorilla! Another home run for Ben Zobrist, his 7th, tied the game in the 8th inning. His blast came one pitch after just missing a home run foul, and may have been even more important than Upton’s homer. After pulling within 1 run in the 7th, the Rays missed an opportunity to tie the game with Upton on 3rd and only 1 out. The wind could have easily come out of the sails at that point.
THE BAD: Scott Kazmir. 10 hits, including 2 home runs, 4 walks and only 2 Ks and his night was over before the end of the 4th. And no matter how great you think the comeback win was, the rotation is still in a lot of trouble…Delicate Sensibilities. Victor Martinez joins the ranks of those that can’t handle a pitch up and in. And by “in” we mean about an inch inside and yet that was apparently too close for Martinez as he started jawing at JP Howell. We once read Carl Yastrzemski’s autobiography and he wrote about being knocked down at least once a game for his entire career. Did he get offended? No. He got up, stepped back in and hit the damn ball. Martinez is baby and he is lucky the next pitch wasn’t in the middle of his back.
THE TELLING: Troy Percival worked the 7th inning…Carl Crawford was back in the lineup after missing 1 game with a bruised shoulder…Pat Burrell received a cortisone shot and will not be available today. He will be reevaluated tomorrow… This is the 13th series of the season and the Devil Rays ($8) have only played 7 3-game series. This is the 3rd 4-game set in addition to 3 2-game sets. And 2 of the next 3 series are also of the 4-game variety.
SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: BJ Upton.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- The St. Pete Times has a bunch of photos from BJ Upton’s walk-off home run. [The Heater]
- Marc Lancaster has some quotes from JP Howell about his confrontation with Victor Martinez. [Rays Report]
- Scott Kazmir says he is in “a long funk” and is convinced he will find his way out…Also, Joe Nelson says his recent problems can be blamed on a mechanical issue he hopes to resolve. [St. Pete Times]
- Joe Maddon explains why he has stuck with BJ Upton in the leadoff spot. [Tampa Tribune]
- Two weeks ago Rays the Stakes projected the Devil Rays ($9) record over the next 14 games. They weren’t that far off. [Rays the Stakes]
- The Serious Tip says the Devil Rays ($10) need to incorporate new tunes for 2009. [The Serious Tip]
- The Detroit Tigers Weblog is having second thoughts on their criticism of the Edwin Jackson-Matt Joyce trade. [The Detroit Tigers Weblog]