The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
THE TELLING: With one more loss or one more Red Sox win, the Rays will be officially eliminated from playoff contention.
SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Carl Crawford
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Tomorrow night in Oklahoma City (on ESPN2) is the triple-A championship game. Jeremy Hellickson will start for Durham. MiLB.com has a preview. [MiLB]
- Jeremy Hellickson and Desmond Jennings were named the Rays minor league pitcher and player of the year. [Tampa Tribune]
- Joe Maddon says no more players will be called up from Durham and he has no plans to scale back James Shields and Matt Garza despite high innings pitched totals. [St. Pete Times]
- Marc Lancaster writes that allowing Wade Davis to throw 124 pitches in his last start is part of the grand plan to allow him to mature into a 215 inning pitcher. [Tampa Tribune]
- Carl Crawford feels umpires are missing too many calls on his stolen base attempts. [St. Pete Times]
- Carlos Pena feels the Rays will be better in 2010 because of the struggles the team experienced this season. [St. Pete Times]
- This is from a fantasy perspective, but it does raise an interesting issue: Is Carl Crawford more valuable than Jacoby Ellsbury? [ESPN]
- Wade Davis threw 124 pitches in his last start. You knew that. But did you know 8 teams have not had a single pitcher throw 120 pitches this season? Or that 3 of those teams haven’t had a 120-pitch performance in two years? [Chicago Tribune]
- Dan Tobin of Bugs and Cranks interviewed a lady who sang “God Bless America” at a Rays game. [Bugs and Cranks]
- A Eulogy for the 2009 Tampa Bay Rays and deciding where the blame must lay. [Sports of Boston]