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: Pat Burrell. He got mad at the team. He got mad at himself. And in the first inning, he hit a 3-run home run. In his second at bat he added an RBI single. And now we kinda wish he would have gotten upset sooner. Like maybe in Spring Training…Zorilla. Ben Zobrist was 3-4 with a single, double and triple.
THE BAD: Blowing Early Leads. The Rays blew another early lead, up 4-0 after 1 and 5-0 after 3…Niemann Tired? Joe Maddon and Jeff Niemann both say no. But Niemann has now hit his career high in innings pitched and last night his fastball was both not fast and very inconsistent. He was throwing 89-93 with too many at the 89 end…The Bullpen. Jeff Niemann got pounded for 6 runs, but the score was still 6-5 when he left. 5 relievers took care of that, giving up 4 runs, including 2 home runs.
THE TELLING: Reid Brignac made his second straight start, this time at second base.
SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Pat Burrell.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- 10 things Rays Revolutionary would like to see from the Rays down the stretch. [Rays Revolutionary]
- Joe Maddon brings the excuse bus up to the door for Andy Sonnanstine…Maybe there is some truth to what JoeMa says, but doesn’t it seem more likely that it is as simple as scouts and hitters have just figured Sonny out? If a hitter knows that Scott Kazmir is going to throw a fastball up in the zone on 1-0, it is still a tough pitch to hit because it is coming in at 93-95. If the same hitter knows what and where Sonnanstine is going with the pitch, well, that is like batting practice. [Tampa Tribune]
- The 2010 Rays schedule has been released and for once the Rays will open at home, against the O’s on April 6. [Tampa Tribune]