The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
THE BAD: 9-12. When the Rays left Houston on May 23, they were 32-12. Since then the Rays are 9-12. Nine and $#@%ing twelve. That is 21 games of sucktitude. And 13 of those games were at home. 21 games is now beyond the normal ebbs and flows of a season…That’s all today. Feel free to leave your “Good” and “Bad” in the comments.
THE TELLING: Jason Bartlett was not in the starting lineup…Dioner Navarro now has a 3-game hitting streak. His longest such streak in 2009 was 4 games.
WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 41-25, tied for first in the AL East and 2 games ahead of the Red Sox in the Wild Card. After 66 games in 2008, the Rays were 38-28.
COMMENT O’ THE DAY: (Charles) Montgomery’s top 4 starters (Jeremy Hall, Alex Torres, David Newmann, Jake McGee) have only given up 8 home runs in 48 starts covering 253 innings. That’s mighty impressive
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Marc Topkin has a list of more draft pick signings. [St. Pete Times]
- Ryan Shealy who began the season with the Durham Bulls, exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and became a free agent. He then signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox. [Twitter]
- The Pirates admit that they did not request a physical for Aki Iwamura before trading for the former Rays second baseman. [AP]
- Rays Prospects has the Hudson Valley roster. It includes 9 of this year’s draft picks. [Rays Prospects]
- Ben Zobrist played host before a recent game to an 11-year old that endured the recent floods in Nashville (video). [The Heater]
- Durham Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo will manage the IL All-Stars for the triple-A all-star game. [Biscuit Crumbs]
- Here is a piece on Pepsi’s new ad campaign which includes Evan Longoria, among others. [NY Sports Journalism]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Check out Rays Prospects for boxscores and more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]
- DURHAM: Heath Phillips picked up the loss despite giving up just 1 run on 4 hits and no walks in 7 innings. He struck out 5…Desmond Jennings and Matt Joyce were a combined 0-7 with a walk (Joyce).
- MONTGOMERY: David Newmann failed to get out of the 4th inning, giving up 7 runs (4 earned) in just 3.2 innings. He allowed 8 hits…Hitters 1-8 in the Montgomery lineup went a combined 1-27.
- CHARLOTTE: Frank de los Santos threw 7.1 shutout innings with 8 Ks and 2 walks…Tim Beckham was 1-4.
- BOWLING GREEN: Jason McEachern struck out 7, but allowed 4 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings…Chris Murrill was 3-5 to raise his average to .319 and stole his 27th base.