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: We’re Calling It A Comeback. After setting a franchise record with the largest comeback ever, the Rays are now 6-3 on their roadtrip and have trailed in the 7th inning in 8 of those 9 games. The only game they did not trail in the 7th inning was Friday’s win against Roy Halladay in which the Rays were tied in the 7th inning.
THE BAD: Better Stop Calling It A Comeback. Winning is about 3 things. Pitching, Pitching and Pitching. And the fact that the Rays have trailed in the 7th inning of 8 of their last 9 games suggests that the starting pitchers just aren’t getting the job done. Their 4.06 ERA since the All-Star break is 9th in the AL. Eventually the goodiness of the late-inning comebacks will come to an end.
THE TELLING: We’re Back, kinda. After the perfect game on Thursday, if you would have asked us what it would take to make us feel a little better, we absolutely would have said, 1) beat Roy Halladay, 2) stage a miraculous victory, 3) sweep the Jays. Two down, one to go. But their are still problems with this team. Too much inconsistency from the offense and too little domination from the starting pitchers.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Joe Maddon talks about his use of Twitter. [The Tony Ambrogio Experience]
- Joe Maddon had to use all 7 relievers yesterday which means the Rays really need a big start today and they have the right guy on the mound in Jeff Niemann. Maddon also noted that if the Rays had not won the game in the 12th, James Shields would have been his next pitcher.