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: Andy Sonnanstine. That was vintage Sonnanstine. The Duke worked into the 8th, left the game with a 3-0 lead, struck out 4 and more importantly, he did not walk a batter…Carlos Pena. His major league leading 12th home run in the top of the 10th was the game-winner. And Yankee fans can scream all they want about a “wind tunnel” to right field, El Gato don’t need no stinkin’ wind tunnel…Carl Crawford. He has now stolen a base in 9 straight games and is 20-20 on the season. We never knew you could be in a zone when it comes to steals, but that is where CC is right now. And last night he also flashed the leather. A diving grab ended the 3rd and even bigger was the play he made on Hideki Matsui’s double in the 4th. With 2 outs and a man on first, Matsui doubled into the corner. The ball took a big bounce off the wall and over CC’s head. He leaped and grabbed the ball bare-handed, holding the runner at third, and saving a run…Evan Longoria. Another night, another double and another RBI. His 14th double leads the big leagues and his 35th RBI does also.
THE BAD: The Rain. Who knows what would have happened, but we have to at least feel that the Mark Teixeira double would have been different if the umps called for the tarp a batter earlier. Based on the previous pitches, JP Howell did not have his usual control in the monsoon…BJ Upton. His swing looked good on the single, but in the other 4 plate appearances he struck out 3 times and nearly got ejected in the top of the 9th for arguing a called third strike…Plate Discipline. Don’t expect the Rays to win too many games when they strike out 14 times and walk only twice…Pat Burrell. C’mon. Give us something. Anything. The .343 OBP is nice but we were, you know, expecting a little more.
THE TELLING: Joe Maddon used every reliever except Lance Cormier…9 straight games with a steal for Carl Crawford. That streak will be severely tested tonight with Andy Pettitte on the mound, who possesses one of the game’s best pickoff moves.
SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Andy Sonnanstine. Without the downpour, there is no 3-run double and there are no extra innings. We would only be talking about how great The Duke was.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Goodness. We have been linked a lot of places in the past, but yesterday was the first time that our server crashed. We were actually down for about 5-10 minutes. But thankfully, we called somebody. They did something.
- Great article in the New York Times yesterday about Carl Crawford and his ability to steal bases. (thanks Connie) [New York Times]
- Stuart Sternberg was on hand in the Bronx last night and answered questions about new Yankee Stadium and what it means for the Rays new stadium. [Rays Report]
“If it were up to me we’d be in a different building today. We tried, we felt we’d be somewhat along the road to getting something done, but right now I’m not thinking about it, really.
- David Chalk comes to the defense of Troy Percival in a way that only Chalk can do (warning: Percivilian language ahead). [Bugs and Cranks]
- Jim Caple has 10 questions for Joe Maddon, about Joe Maddon. [ESPN]
- John Romano and Gary Shelton have a new blog at the Times that looks like it could be entertaining. Up first is a discussion about the Rays reaction to Sunday’s fan “interference.” [The Point After]
- If you love “Family Guy,” you will love this post at Rays the Stakes. [Rays the Stakes]
- John Heyman ranks Joe Maddon as the 9th best manager. Of course, we knew the list was flawed as soon as we saw Tony LaRussa at the top. LaRussa is a very good manager, but he is severely flawed. He is the classic “overthinker.” [SI.com]
- Former Rays pitcher Juan Salas was released by the Indians. [Biscuit Crumbs]