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: James Shields. Things fell apart a it in the 8th, but by that time Shields had tossed 7 shutout innings with only 3 hits and no walks. In the first six innings, he faced one over the minimum and allowed only 1 leadoff hitter on base…Ben Zobrist. Zorilla provided the big blast, a 3-run home run in the 3rd.
THE BAD: Diesel Running Low. Rough night for Shawn Riggans who went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts and left 5 runners on base.
THE TELLING: Russ Springer’s save last night gives the Rays 9 different pitchers with at least one save…Last night’s win clinches a winning season for the Rays…Playing in the tough AL East has not been a problem for the Rays this season as they are 38-30 against East foes.
SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: James Shields
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- The Rays have a club option on Carl Crawford that will likely be picked up. Still, CC says he would like to work out a new deal with the Rays this winter. [Tampa Tribune]
- Last night, Rocco Baldelli played…third base? Huh-wha? [Providence Journal]
- The Rays Party shows that Jeff Niemann does appear to be suffering from fatigue. [The Rays Party]
- John Romano takes a closer look at Ben Zobrist’s breakthrough season, noting that he is resetting the standard for utility players. [St. Pete Times]
- If Brian Shouse makes one more appearance this season, he will receive a $50K bonus and his 2010 option jumps from $1.9 million to $2.0 million. [St. Pete Times]