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: “Big Game” Scott. If there is one thing Kazmir has always excelled at, it is rising to the occasion. Yesterday, we ran a poll and more than 80% wanted Kaz traded before next season. And with the season possibly on the line, Kazmir came through with his best start of the year. It was the first time Kazmir pitched into the 8th since June 6, 2008 and only the 5th time since the ’08 all-star break that Kazmir pitched into the 7th…Defense. Several great plays that reminded us a lot of the ’08 Rays.
THE BAD: Pat the ? Pat the Ba? Pat the ummmm? Pat the. What’s the word we’re looking for? Oh yeah. Pat the Rally Killer…Pour Some Out For Our Hommie. Not to get all sentimental, but there is a chance that was the last time we will ever see Scott Kazmir take the mound for the Rays…Irony Defined. Now Kazmir may be more attractive to other teams like the Angels, Rangers and Mets. But the Rays may all of the sudden realize they have a 25-year old lefty with tons of experience and tons of talent.
THE TELLING: Joe Maddon clearly thought this game was important. With 1 runner on, 2 outs and a 4-run lead, JoeMa brought JP Howell in for the final out…We don’t ever complain about payroll, but it is worth noting that the Rays opening day payroll was $63 million. Last night, the Yankees infield payroll (including SP) was $108 million.
SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Scott Kazmir. 6 commenters had the correct pick.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated was on WFAN in New York City yesterday and when asked about why the Rays would be trading Scott Kazmir, he listed the normal reasons: Big contract, fastball not as good. But then he added that there are “suggestions that he is not a hard worker.” [No link]
- Joe Smith recaps a great defensive effort by the Rays…Also, Aki Iwamura took groundballs before the game and the Rays are targeting mid-August for a rehab assignment. [St. Pete Times]
- Joe Maddon said it was the best game from Scott Kazmir in about a year. Joe Henderson says Kazmir came through when the Rays absolutely needed it. [Tampa Tribune]
- In a player poll in this week’s Sports Illustrated, Evan Longoria was the overwhelming favorite for which young player is headed to the Hall of Fame. [The Heater]