Yankees Rays Baseball

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

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THE GOOD: Playing the Game the Right Way. On Monday, Evan Longoria was hit by a pitch. Last night in the 3rd inning, Joba Chamberlain sailed a ball at Evan’s head. It missed. In the 5th inning Matt Garza plunked Mark Teixeira. No bench-clearing brawl. No yelling from the dugouts. And that was the end of it…Evan Longoria. Dirtbag homered for the 5th time in 16 games. Of course it was in the 9th inning with the score 6-0, but at least somebody did something.

THE BAD: Big Mouth. Sticking up for your players is great, but keep your damn mouth shut. Everybody knows Matt Garza hit Mark Teixeira on purpose. Garza doesn’t need to spout off about it after the game. Because now it is going to cost him his next start because the league will have no choice but to suspend him. JUST. SHUT. UP!…Pat Burrell. Pat the Rally Killer left 2 more runners on base and went 0-4 with 3 strikeouts. And yes, we are now officially picking on Burrell. Sue us. He deserves it…Uniting Yankees Fans. For a while now, Yankees fans have been divided into two camps. Those that think Joba Chamberlain is a starting pitcher. And those that think he should be Mo Rivera’s set-up guy and closer-in-waiting. Last night he was both a starter and an 8th inning guy. Way to go Rays. Way to make him work. This was a guy that entered the game giving up about 1.4 baserunners per inning and the Rays could only muster 5 in 8 innings. If that had been a good pitcher, they might have been perfected again.

THE TELLING: PECOTA now says the Rays playoff chances are 11.4% and falling.



  • Shawn Riggans was activated from the DL and optioned to triple-A Durham. [The Heater]
  • Both Aki Iwamura and Fernando Perez took BP prior to the game and Joe Maddon thinks both could be ready to play in August. [St. Pete Times]
  • There was a GEICO Caveman at the Trop last night in a Rays jersey. He mingled with players and coaches before the game and at one point he ran on to the the field and attacked a GEICO sign. We can only assume they were filming a commercial. The good people of Rays Renegade snapped a few pics, HERE, HERE and HERE.
  • Just when you thought the Rays were out, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi pull them back in! Word now is that the Rays have not given up on trading for Roy Halladay and instead of trading away a reliever or two, they may be thinking about acquiring one. Of course, all of this was before last night’s game. [Fox Sports]
  • And Jon Heyman says the Indians are intent on moving Victor Martinez and the Rays and Red Sox are in the mix. [Twitter]
  • Meanwhile, Joe Maddon says he wouldn’t be surprised if nothing happened. [The Heater]
  • And John Romano points out that the Rays already made their big acquisition. His name is Pat Burrell and the Rays are stuck with him. [St. Pete Times]
  • Tony Fabrizio notes the the defense has been less than stellar this season. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Separated at Birth: Dewayne Staats and Tony Clifton? [Bugs and Cranks]
  • Who knew? Joba Chamberlain’s first name is an acronym. [Her Rays!]
  • Look who gets all the toys. This time it is the Scott Kazmir bobblehead. It must be good to know people. Wait. We know people. Where in the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks is our bobblehead?!? [Rays Revolutionary]




  1. Michael says:

    What a craptastic performance last night. The first caller to Rich Hererra's postgame show complained about the lack of Rays fans at the game but he couldn't have been more wrong. The building was nearly full last night and was definitely not decidedly pro-Yankee from where I was sitting. Sure there were a smattering of cheers when the Yankee fans when they did something good but for the most part the crowd seemed pretty quiet. The problem was that the Rays gave us absolutely NOTHING to cheer about. They were terrible.

    Hopefully the Royals pitching has a cure for the ailing bats, because if they don't start hitting immediately this team is toast.

    • Amanda says:

      I think you're right, Michael. I noticed what you did, especially compared to the first game of the series. There didn't seem to be open celebrations when the Rays crapped out, or when the Yankees did something good. There was smattering of applause, yes, but not raucous cheering.

  2. Don says:

    You know...... I kinda get tired of "what fans are there." "Yankee fans,Red Sox fans, anybodys fans are welcome to come and cheer for whoever they want.....who cares! Guarantee the owners dont, as long as the tickets are sold....This is Florida...there are all kind of people here!! Get use to it!
    Also, probably wouldn't be a bad thing for Garza to sit for awhile and think about things he isnt doing....bring up Davis for a start against a KC or Seattle....at this point ...what could it hurt..... and might surprise!

  3. bobrittner says:

    "This was a guy that entered the game giving up about 1.4 baserunners per inning and the Rays could only muster 5 in 8 innings. If that had been a good pitcher, they might have been perfected again."

    Chamberlain has been disappointing to the Yankees this year, but he has enormous talent. This is his best game by far in 2009, but it should not be a surprise that he can deliver in this way. Actually any major league pitcher can do it, but particularly one as talented as Joba is.

    Sometimes you just have to accept that another player beat you rather than complain that your team played badly. I don't know exactly how to disentangle good performance from bad performance in such cases, although the fact the Rays had quite a few hard hit balls caught while the Yankees had a few bloops drop in might be considered, but in the end, Chamberlain beat a team whose offense has been floundering but he did it because he is a legitimate major league pitcher.

    It may not be exactly comparable, but Price has also been disappointing to many this year, but earlier in the year he beat Toronto by going 6 innings and allowing just 1 run on 6 hits, 1 BB and 7 Ks. He had a 5+ ERA going in. Did Toronto just play badly against a good pitcher or did a talented pitcher beat them?

    Similarly, Sidney Ponson is a bad pitcher, but against a pretty good offensive team in Texas he threw 6 innings of shutout ball. That kind of story is often repeated.

    • bobrittner says:

      Last night's games provides an example of what I mean. I was at the ball game in Chicago when Gavin Floyd shut down the Rays for 7 innings. He allowed 3 solo home runs, and that was all in a 4-3 White Sox win.

      It was incredibly frustrating because, while Floyd has developed into a pretty good major league pitcher, he is no star. After a terrible early career, he was very good last year but started 2009 badly with a 7.71 as late as May 17. Having not followed him closely, that was what I remembered, not that he had been improving steadily since or that in his early pro years he was considered a big talent. So seeing TB manhandled like that was doubly awful.

      Not only that. but in the two prior games he had regressed somewhat giving up 5 runs in just 5.1 innings to the KC Royals and also 5 to the Twins. So was he a good pitcher who beat the Rays or did the Rays lose because they were bad?

      Well, ask the Yankees. Nobody doubts the Yankees have an explosive offense. And last night, Floyd held them to just 1 run on 4 hits over 7.2 innings with 0 home runs, 1 BB and 10 Ks. A team with exceptionally patient hitters against a pitcher who walks more than 3/9 could only force him to throw 103 pitches. A gopher ball pitcher allowing 1.4 home runs/9 IP, they could not manage one in a good hitter's park. Did the Yankees lose or did he beat them.

      We may not like it, but we should always respect the opponents. Let's hope we demolish Ponson tonight, but let's remember he is in the majors because he is not garbage but because he has real talent, no matter how poor he is relative to the norm.


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