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 Home Run. The Rays entered the game losers of 4 straight, but it could easily be argued that the walk-off home run was bigger for Pat Burrell, who needed a hit like that to get him out of his season-long funk. Will he now go on one of his patented tears? The way the Rays are hitting recently, they need it…James Shields. The defense helped but it was another typical James the Greater start, with just 1 run allowed in 7 innings…BJ Upton. His throw to nail Aaron Hill at home to end the 8th may have saved the game…Dan Wheeler. He continues to put up zeroes. Two more perfect innings increases his scoreless appearance streak to 13.
THE BAD: Where’s the Beef? 4 hits overall. Only 2 in the first 9 innings. Only 2 hits in 6 innings off a kid making his big league debut. And if that was bad, wait for this one. No hits off of Shawn Bleepin’ Camp in three innings. How does one of the best offensive teams in baseball get shutdown for three innings by Shawn Bleepin’ Camp? And the top 4 batters were the biggest culprits. Two, maybe three all-stars, and they combined to go 0-19 with a walk and 7 strikeouts.
THE TELLING: Jeff Niemann will start Friday with Matt garza going on Sunday and James Shields on Saturday.
SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Pat Burrell.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- The Rays were sporting “Vote for Los” t-shirts prior to last night’s game. [Rays Revolutionary]
- Joe Maddon had some rare stern words concerning the Rays performance in Texas and made it clear that the Rays are not thinking wild card. [The Heater]
- Evan Longoria says his hamstring is feeling “100% better.” [St. Pete Times]
- John Romano says the biggest culprit this season has been the starting pitching. [St. Pete Times]
- Rays Revolutionary has some pics from the opening of a cycling studio owned by Pat Burrell’s wife. [Rays Revolutionary]
- Power Rankings, Trop It Like It’s Hot-style. [Trop It Like It's Hot]