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 Bullpen. Thanks to Lance Cormier, Dan Wheeler and JP Howell, the bullpen gave up a run in the 8th to ensure that the Rays would not lose yet another 1-run game.
THE BAD: Lost Power. New Shea is where home runs go to die. Just ask Evan Longoria about his fly ball in the 1st inning. Or Dioner Navarro who hit a ball that would have gone to the warning track anywhere else, but came up 30 feet short (no Navi, that would not have been a home run)…Andy Sonnanstine. Nobody hits home runs in New Shea. But Sonny found a way to serve one up to a guy that had ZERO home runs entering the game. The only thing left to decide is whether The Duke goes to the bullpen or the minors when Scott Kazmir returns.
THE TELLING: If today’s game is rained out, there will likely be a double-header tomorrow. And this radar cap does not look promising…Today’s game is the National game on Fox. If you are in an area that does not have the game, be sure to check Fox Espanol as they often carry an alternate game.
SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: BJ Upton
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Ben Zobrist now has enough plate appearances to qualify as the AL leader in slugging and OPS. [Tampa Tribune]
- Stuart Sternberg reiterated that the Rays will most likely not add payroll during the season, adding that he doesn’t see an area where the team can improve dramatically…Andrew Friedman addressed the Pedro Martinez situation, saying the team is just doing their “due diligence” by checking out Pedro but that the level of interest is not as great as it is being made out to be. [St. Pete Times]
- We lost count on the number of teams that watched Pedro Martinez throw yesterday, but you can add the Brewers and Cardinals. The Yankees have already said “no thanks,” but the George A. King III report does say that other teams were impressed, but does not mention which teams. [MLB Trade Rumors]
- Vince Naimoli versus Bernie Madoff. Yep. [Trop It Like It's Hot]
- Minor League Ball takes a look back at Ben Zobrist, the propsect. [Minor League Ball]