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: James Shields. Shields flirted with the first no-hitter in franchise history, allowing just 3 walks in the first 7 innings, before giving up a single just in front of Gabe Gross to start the 8th.
THE BAD: Every. Single. Time. Every time this team starts to look like they are going to make a run at the playoffs they do something to destroy all hope. And we are not talking just losing a game here and there. We are talking about the way in which they lose these games. Not only did Shields lose his no-hit bid. But he wasn’t even in line for the win because the team couldn’t score. Then they lost the game when the defense imploded behind Shields. Navi goes for a double-play instead of one out. Drawn-in infield can’t stop a ground ball. And then they botch a run-down with a runner on third. Every. Single. Time…Runs, Forrest, Runs! The Rays have scored 3 or fewer for James Shields in 14 of his 23 starts. It is difficult when the top of the order can’t get on base. BJ Upton and Carl Crawford were a combined 1-8. One missed opportunity came in the 2nd inning. With 1 out, Pat Burrell was on first base. He was running with the pitch and Gabe Gross hit a double off the wall. Burrell was stopped at third. Gross did hit the ball hard, but Burrell was running with the pitch. How many times in the history of baseball do you think that has happened?
THE TELLING: The Rays are now just 16-15 against central division teams and are yet to play the Central-leading Detroit Tigers. Overall, they are 23-29 against AL teams not in the East.
SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: James Shields
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Buster Olney says the Rays will be “very busy in the offseason” when it comes to trades, noting that they may move Carl Crawford and/or Scott Kazmir. [ESPN]
- MLB.com updated their list of the top 50 prospects. The Rays have 5 on the list and 4 in the top 25, but only 1 in the top 10 with Tim Beckham at #10. [MLB]
- Rays Revolutionary spotted some strange jerseys for sale at the Trop. Anybody know more about these? [Rays Revolutionary]