TRays Angels Baseballhe 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: Jason Bartlett. Hey BJ Upton, still not sure why you aren’t batting leadoff anymore? Bartlett had 3 hits, just missing a cycle, with a double, triple and a HR. The HR was his 11th, doubling his career total from before the season…Ben Zobrist. He was 2-3 with a walk. The one time he was retired, he was robbed of a game-tying HR with 2 outs in the 9th.

THE BAD: The Trifecta Of Craptastica. What’s the worse thing that can happen to a team in the playoff hunt? Have another pitcher throw a perfect game. What’s the next worst thing? Other team hits a 2-out, 2-strike 2-run walk-off HR. How about the third worst thing? Have the Rays hit a 9th inning two-out game tying HR only to have it robbed to end the game. Check, Check annnnddd Check…Matt Garza. A 2-run lead before he even takes the mound? No thanks. Offense bails him out by tying game at 3 in the 3rd? Nahhhh. 6 hits (2 HR), 4 walks and a hit batter. All for the low, low price of 3.1 innings and another game in the standings.

THE TELLING: The Rays are now 2.5 games behind the Red Sox in the Wild Card and 2 behind the Rangers. They trail both teams by 3 games in the ever-important loss column.

SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jason Bartlett

DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Gary Shelton doesn’t understand why BJ Upton doesn’t understand why BJ Upton is hitting ninth. Shelton says Upton has hit a new low…Personally, we are not sure this is as low as the time Upton called up to the pressbox during a Durham game to yell at the PA guy for not playing his walk-up music. But it’s close. [St. Pete Times]
  • This year, the Rays are in an advantageous position when it comes to the waiver-wire, but Marc Topkin points out that it can be “challenging” and that the Rays may end up with a player they don’t necessarily want. [St. Pete Times]
  • Andrew Friedman says the additions of Russ Springer and Gregg Zaun filled the two needs the club had. Friedman suggests that the Rays don’t have any other areas that can be upgraded through the waiver-wire, but will continue to look. [Tampa Tribune]
  • The Rays Party would like to see the Rays add some speed to the bench (when Dioner Navarro is the tying run on first base in the 9th inning and there isn’t a speed upgrade on the bench, that is a problem. Not last night, but it has happened). [The Rays Party]
  • Marc Lancaster writes about how Evan Longoria got his groove back, just in the nick of time. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Marc Topkin writes about the pressure Evan Longoria is putting on himself to carry the Rays to the playoffs. [St. Pete Times]
  • Joey Johnston has a Q&A with the man Kent Hrbek should have bought a vowel from, Dewayne Staats. [Tampa Tribune]

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13 Comments

  1. Thrill says:

    How is it that two competing local papers each have two separate “non-game specific” articles about the same topics: Longo and the waiver wire? That seems to happen a lot. Do Lancaster and Topkin collaborate on topics? I know like in football training camp the Bucs will make certain players available to media for feature stories, so you may see duplicate articles about Gaines Adams on the same day, for example. But in this case it just seems lazy. Both those articles are basically the same story in each paper.

    • I’m just guessing here, but I think a lot of times these stories are generated from somebody meeting with the press and so everybody gets the same quotes. For example, before a game all the Rays and press are mingling on the field. Maybe Friedman comes out and a reporter or two go over to ask him a question or two. Often others will crowd around like sharks to chum in the water. Maybe one reporter asks a question about the waiver-wire. Then there are 5 or 6 follow-up questions on the same topic. Both Lancaster and Topkin are there. They both get the same quotes and come to the same conclusions. Next thing you know you got identical stories.

      I see this a lot when putting together the Webtopia and I try not to be too repetitive in the Webtopia but I also don’t want to play favorites. If one is just a better story or contains more useful information that is the one I will use. Sometimes I just pick the one that was posted to the web first. And sometime I just link to both.

  2. I was more shocked by Vlad’s homer than I was Zobrist’s missed homer. He hit that off the end of the bat and somehow it stayed just fair enough for his 400th homer. Wow! Talk about unlucky.

    I was surprised Russ Springer didn’t plunk Vlad. He must’ve not known he was going for his 400th homer. Ol’ Russ doesn’t like to be shown up.

  3. theraysparty says:

    Minus Sunday, the offense has been doing very well since the 5 hour game. It is the pitching that seems to be taking after effect from that game. We won’t know if that is the exact reason but the pitching has cost the Rays two one run games on this road trip.

    Groundball Bradford for flyblall Springer please.

  4. Sam A says:

    Is it just me or does Aybar make an error every time he starts at second? Garza pitched poorly and I’m not trying to make excuses for him, but they need to keep Aybar away from the middle infield.

    • stunna says:

      I was thinking this as well. 100% agree

    • Not to defend Aybar because he has been brutal. But Zobrist made a play in the 8th that could have been very costly. With no outs man on first Rays down 1, the runner took off. Zaun’s throw one-hopped Zobrist but it did beat the runner. Zobrist did the old closed eyes ole and missed the ball by a foot and a half. Runner went to third. Luckily the runner was sent back bc of interference from the hitter or else that certainly would have cost the Rays a run.

  5. Don says:

    Let’s see ….we lost because of Ayber (1E),Zobrist (missed Ball) and Garza (pitching)
    Did anyone see Burrell (yesterdays come back Player) and Upton ( I shouldn’t be batting 9th player) go 0 for 9, 0 walks, 3ko’s
    I forgot we lost by one (1) run…we didn’t need them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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