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: Winning Series. On the plus side, the Rays took 2 of 3 from the Jays in Toronto and now have a bit of a cushion between themselves and the Jays.
THE BAD: Getaway Day Fever. 6 of the Rays first 12 batters struck out. And the Rays had 3 baserunners in the first 6 innings. 2 of those baserunners were picked off, including BJ Upton for the eleventy-first time this year and Ben Zobrist for the second time this week…One Inning Too Many. Shields had 101 pitches after 7 innings. The bullpen had only pitched 2 innings the night before and the Rays have an off-day today. So why was James Shields back on the mound in the 8th inning with a dominant and well-rested bullpen? 2 home runs allowed in the 8th suggest he shouldn’t have been…Rally Killa. The Rays struggled for baserunners all day, but did load the bases with 1 out in the 7th and the score 2-0. Pat Burrell took care of the fleeting moment of hope with a 6-4-3 double-play.
THE TELLING: Evan Longoria was back in the lineup after missing one game with a sore hamstring…
SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Ben Zobrist.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Ben Zobrist thanked the day off for the chance to clear his mind and Joe Maddon wanted to see Zorilla stop swinging at bad pitches. He walked twice and was on base 4 times. [St. Pete Times]
- Martin Fennelly wants to see Jason Bartlett, Carl Crawford and Ben Zobrist join Evan Longoria on the all-star team. [Tampa Tribune]
- JP Howell’s chances to make the AL All-Star just went up. MLB decided to expand the all-star rosters by one, adding a pitcher to each team effective this season. [MLB]
- The Rays Party weighs Randy Choate versus Brian Shouse. [The Rays Party]
- Ranking the members of the bullpen. [Trop It Like It's Hot]
- Not Rays related…remember when we called out Jon Heyman for blasting bloggers that speculated about steroid use even though mainstream media members seem to do it all the time? Well, Heyman responded to our post. We sat on it for a while because we didn’t want this to seem like our problem was with Heyman. Heyman defends why he speculated on Sosa. Which is fine. Our point was just that either it is ok to speculate or it is not. [SI.com]
Some may point out I’ve written I wouldn’t vote for Sammy Sosa for the Hall of Fame despite a lack of hard evidence he took steroids, but this Ibanez controversy isn’t about the Hall of Fame, and there is no reason to suspect Ibanez beyond his out-sized performance. Sosa had the corked bat, the lack of English at an opportune time and a ridiculous homer total smack in the steroid era.