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: Dave Kingman Lives. Carlos Pena smacked 2 more home runs last night. He now has 6 in the past 5 games and 3 multi-home run games in the last 12. But he also now has more home runs (37) than singles (35) on the year…James Shields. It was typical 2009 James Shields. Good, not great. He walked 2 and gave up 2 home runs, but he did manage to grit his way into the 7th inning. And the offense rewarded him with strong run support for the second straight start…OBP Hotness. Everybody in the lineup was on base at least once including 7 walks.
THE BAD: Short Bench. With Carl Crawford nursing a bad back and the Rays going with 8 men in the bullpen, Joe Maddon was left with only Willy Aybar available off the bench. JoeMa also had Gregg Zaun but generally the backup catcher is used only in emergencies.
THE TELLING: The Rays are now 8-2 in their last 10, but remain 3 back in the wild card race…For only the fourth time all season it was a two-fer Gabe-o’-the-Day, with both Gabe Kapler and Gabe Gross in the starting lineup.
SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Carlos Pena.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Carl Crawford says he is out until at least Friday. Joe Maddon said there is still a 50-50 shot he plays tonight. [The Heater]
- The Rays Party attempts to find reasoning behind Jeff Niemann’s success. [The Rays Party]
- Jim Leyland has no intentions of making Edwin Jackson a closer, but thinks he could be a great one. [Detroit Free-Press]