THE GOOD: Zuper Duper Utility Zorilla. Ben Zobrist is so awesome, he started the game at first base, hit a home run and made a catch near the right field wall to possibly save the game in the 9th. He has now started a game this season at every position except catcher and pitcher. Now if we can get him to start a game at manager. That would be cool…Willy Aybar. Aybar has played more games in September (21) than any other month and the regular PT is serving him well, as he is hitting .302 with a .407 OBP. Last night it was a pinch-hit 3-run HR in the 8th to tie the game.
THE BAD: Jeff Niemann. 10 baserunners in 3+ innings. Joe Maddon on Niemann: “He just had no command today, and I truly believe a large part of it is fatigue.” But we bet he still makes his last start later this week…3:17. As in the time it took to play a late-September game between two not-in-contention teams. Why? Ask Captain Hook, Joe Maddon. He used 6 pitchers to get the final 9 outs.
THE TELLING: The Rays 4 home runs set a team record. They have now hit 193 this season. Three of them were of the solo variety which is standard for the Rays this season. Of the 193 home runs, 124 (64.2%) have come with the bases empty…
SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Willy Aybar.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- That post we wrote yesterday defending Wins as a viable stat? Rob Neyer of ESPN.com chimed in. He agreed, but thought we shouldn’t be “picking on the little fellas.” [ESPN]
- 10Connects.com explores whether the Rays could leave St. Pete and if they could, would they leave St. Pete. [10Connects.com]
- Here is something to hang your authentic Rays cap on…The Rays are only the second most disappointing team this season. [Big League Stew]
- Remember when Dioner Navarro showed up to camp in the spring having lost something like 450 lbs and was supposedly in the best shape of his life and he was going to hit .400 and throw out 120% of basestealers? Didn’t happen. And Navi doesn’t know why but he is sure as heck motivated to be better. We assume that means he will start by eating a whole lot of Hot Pockets this off-season. [St. Pete Times]