THE GOOD: BJ Upton. Three hits, including his first home run in 7 weeks. However, Joe Maddon tried to keep it in perspective, calling it “a nice little moment.“…Pat Burrell. Apparently his neck is fine. After missing 2 games, he hit his 11th home run and 7th since the all-star break…Carl Crawford. CC had his 5th 3-hit game in the last 16.
THE BAD: Again and Again. Once again the Rays had the bases loaded and less than 2 outs and once again they failed to score. This time it was with a 5-2 lead in the 7th and it almost came back to haunt them…California League Ballparks. It has been 3 years and Reid Brignac still thinks he is a power hitter. Last night, Brignac hit a ball and the look on his face suggested disappointment that it did not leave the park. The ball was caught 20 feet short of the center field fence.
THE TELLING: Ben Zobrist hit leadoff with Jason Bartlett having a scheduled day off. Interesting that Maddon did not go back to BJ Upton, even for just one game…The Rangers blew a late lead and the Red Sox won. Those two are now tied atop the standings with the Rays 3 back…CoolStandings.com now says the Rays have a 19.9% shot at the playoffs. Baseball Prospectus says it is a 28.7% shot, while their PECOTA version says 13.5%.
SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: B J Upton
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Reid Brignac was optioned back to Durham following the game and Chad Bradford was activated from the DL. [The Heater]
- Matt Silverman appeared on WDAE. Here is a link to the audio. We had a little trouble with it. Hopefully you will have better luck. [WDAE]
- Marc Lancaster has the Joe Maddon before and after photos. Maddon dyed his hair black in preparation for the upcoming “Ring of Fire” trip to Toronto (this is the latest of several themed roadtrips this season for the Rays). He broke out the dye job a little early to “lighten things up a bit.” [Tampa Tribune]