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: Gabe o’ the Day. No home runs in the first 2 months but Gabe Kapler homered for the second straight game. This one proved to be the game-winner 1 pitch after the normally sure-handed Nick Johnson dropped a foul pop-up…Pat is Back. Nice to see Pat Burrell back in the lineup after missing 29 games.
THE BAD: Matt Garza. Garza struggled with his control, walking 4 in 5.2 innings…Tough Luck In AL East. In the span of 30 minutes both the Red Sox and Yankees went from what looked to be sure losses to victories. The umpires appeared to miss a game-winning home run for the Phillies and then refused to review the call and the Mets dropped a game-ending pop-up that allowed 2 runs to score for the Yankees win.
THE TELLING: Pat Burrell was back in the lineup but he was not in his customary 5-hole. Ben Zobrist batted 5th with The Bat hitting 6th.
SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Gabe Kapler
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- We have a report from the game that David Price was sporting a jersey last night that read “ME TOO” on the back. Anybody have any idea why? (thanks Clayton)
- Jon Heyman adds to the Pedro Martinez speculation writing that he spoke with a Rays official who says there is a “slight” chance the Rays will sign the future Hall-of-Famer…Just more evidence that this was more than just somebody watching a friend throw and further suggesting that the local media was a little too quick to dismiss the reports. [SI.com]
- Scott Kazmir threw 45 pitches in a simulated game and will next throw 60-70 pitches for Charlotte next week. [Tampa Tribune]
- Jeremy Hellickson threw 2 innings in an extended spring game. According to Stacy Long, the Rays want Hellboy up to 4 innings before they will activate him. [Biscuit Crumbs]
- Rays Prospects has a valuable resource up. They will be tracking the signings of this year’s draft picks. [Rays Prospects]