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: Wade Davis. Big Dub got stronger as the night went on, retiring the last 11 batters he faced for his second big league win…Carl Crawford. Well it wasn’t #100 or even #80, but CC did steal his 60th base of the season to set a franchise record…Defense. We really miss the defense of 2008, but every once and a while we get a reminder. Last night BJ Upton made two great catches, including one of the over-the-shoulder variety while running full speed for the first out in the 7th. And Gabe Gross showed off his QB arm to end the first, throwing out a runner at home…Well, there’s that…Last night was the Rays 81st win of the season, thus assuring them of their 2nd ever non-losing season…
THE BAD: 20,701. As in the combined attendance for the last two games, barely breaking 10,000 each night…Captain Hook. The ends of these games are really getting tough to watch. Last night Joe Maddon used 5 pitchers to record the final 6 outs.
THE TELLING: BJ Upton was back in the leadoff spot with Jason Bartlett getting the night off…With 5 games remaining in the regular season, each of the starting pitchers will now be making their final starts of the year, beginning with James Shields tonight…Rookie pitchers have started 56 games for the Rays this season.
SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Wade Davis
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Scott Kazmir was scratched just hours before his start on Tuesday. The Angels say they want to give him some extra rest. [Tampa Tribune]
- Chad Bradford is pondering retirement. [St. Pete Times]
- James Shields talks about the disappointment of not having any complete games this season. [Tampa Tribune]
- When he is on, BJ Upton has some of the quickest wrists in baseball and even this year, he is great when pulling the ball. [The Rays Party]
- Trop Talk is not too excited about the Milton Bradley rumors. [Trop Talk]
- Rays Prospects takes a look back at Hudson Valley’s season. [Rays Prospects]