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: James Shields. It is only appropriate that we are currently calling the team the “Devil Rays” ($21) because for Shields, last night must have felt like 2007 all over again. An absolute gem and no W to show for it. Somewhere, Brian Stokes is jumping up and down yelling “it wasn’t me!, it wasn’t me!”
THE BAD: 3rd Inning. First and third, 1 out. BJ Upton strikes out. Carl Crawford strikes out. No runs…7th Inning. Jason Bartlett on third, 1 out. Aki Iwamura strikes out. Gabe Kapler flies out. No runs…8th Inning. First and third with 1 out, again. Evan Longoria strikes out. Carlos Pena misses a double by 1.2 inches, then walks. Jason Bartlett strikes out. No runs…9th Inning. Willy Aybar on second, 1 out. Dioner Navarro flies out. BJ Upton pops out softly…10th Inning. Lead off single by Carl Crawford. Doesn’t score. Leadoff runners on base. Three times the Devil Rays ($22) had a runner on third with less than 2 outs. They should have scored in every one of those situations. As it was, a run in ANY of the situations and it is a Win. Six times a batter struck out to end an inning. 13 strike outs total and only 3 walks. Devil Raysian ($23) performance if we have ever seen one.
THE TELLING: Dioner Navarro was out of the lineup for the third straight night with pink eye even though he was originally penciled into the lineup. Somehow Joe Maddon submitted the correct lineup card…With Pat Burrell out of the lineup, and presumably not wearing pants, Joe Maddon used Jason Bartlett in the fifth spot to offer at least some protection for Carlos Pena who has hit his first power outage of the season.
SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: James Shields.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Make that two writers that have covered the Devil Rays ($24) who are finalists for “Prospectus Idol.” Joining Tyler Hissey is Brittany Ghiroli, who wrote last year for MLB.com. [Baseball Prospectus]
- Rays the Stakes grades each player’s performance at the quarter-pole. [Rays the Stakes]
- Scott Kazmir thinks he discovered a cure for his mechanical issues in his most recent bullpen session, but is still worried about over-thinking during the game…Also, Joe Maddon does not seem too concerned about only having four bench players this week in Miami, while playing with NL rules. [Tampa Tribune]