The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

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THE GOOD: Wade Davis. Big Dub struggled with his control, walking 4, but otherwise looked good allowing 2 runs in 6 innings with 5 strikeouts…Grant Balfour. The Mad Australian had his best outing of the spring working 2 scoreless innings, allowing just 1 hit and walking none…Sean Rodriguez. Rodzilla continued his hot spring with a double and a pair of singles…Ben Zobrist. Zobrist had 2 doubles, a single and drove in 4.

THE BAD: Andy Sonnanstine. The Duke, working his first back-to-back outings in relief, walked 2 and gave up a home run (to a guy wearing #93) in 1 inning of work.

THE TELLING: Rafael Soriano pitched in a minor league game. It was the first time he pitched on back-to-back days…Joe Dillon and Alvin Colina were reassigned to minor league camp…James Shields will pitch in a minor league game today to avoid facing the Orioles who he will face on Tuesday. Dioner Navarro will be his catcher suggesting Navi will be in the lineup on opening day…The Rays set a franchise record for wins in spring training with their 19th…Today is the final official spring training game. The Rays will play a pair of exhibitions starting tomorrow at The Trop against the Mets and this weekend against the Bulls in Durham.

DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Hank Blalock says he will not go to Durham if asked by the Rays. Instead, he will choose free agency if he is not on the Rays opening day roster.
  • The Rays have a new official Twitter feed called @RaysRepublic which just screams “hey, we are copying the Red Sox and Yankees…poorly.” [Twitter]
  • Jon Weber had a good run, but he did not make Yankees opening day roster. But based on Joe Girardi’s previous comments, we wouldn’t be surprised if he makes his big league debut sometime this summer. [New York Times]
  • Marc Topkin shows that the team with the best record in the spring has gone on to the playoffs 8 of the past 13 years. [St. Pete Times]
  • If the Rays win today, they will tie for the 5th best spring training record since 1966. [Tampa Tribune]

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7 Comments

  1. leningan says:

    When do they announce the 25 man roster? And…. diddyrod. C’mon cork embrace it!

  2. Justin says:

    Prof, are your Spring Training stats specifically about the Grapefruit League? I saw that the Giants have a record of 21 – 10.

    That also means that the Cactus League played 5 games more than the Grapefuit League.

    • yeah, I think it is based strictly on winning percentage, so the Rays are actually ahead of the Giants with 3 fewer losses

    • Gus says:

      Grapefruit teams have had worse weather this year; also the split squad business can affect overall number of games.

      I’d note that so many of the Rays games were against good teams (Boston, NYY, Philly and Minnesota) and they have pounded these teams. I know it has been windy, but they must have been 9 runs or more in more than half the games. These are all good signs.

      It is all about the bullpen at this point. Would like to see a late spring move in that direction.

  3. Beth says:

    Memo to Hank Blalock — if an MLB team were interested, wouldn’t they have signed you to a major league contract earlier? And if they weren’t interested in February, why would your spring training month, where you are batting around .200, improve your chances?

    • KillaTapes says:

      From the quote I read, it just sounds like he has no desire to be in the minors, and would rather move on from baseball if that ends up being the case. I can understand and appreciate that. The guy’s been in the majors for 8 seasons, and would rather go in another direction with his life rather than milking it in baseball.

      • Beth says:

        Point taken! I missed that context — and I’d agree, far better to start the next chapter of life then to go grumbling to Durham.

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