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: David Price Was Pumped Up. King David’s parents helped arrange for about 250 people to be at last night’s game from Price’s hometown. We have to wonder if that explained Price’s juiced up fastball. He was regularly hitting 97 and 98 on the gun with his 4-seem fastball, a pitch that typically averages about 95. Still, the results were about the same. A good, not great, outing with 3 runs allowed on 8 hits and 3 walks in just 5 innings. But he struck out 7, survived a couple of jams and picked up his 10th win. Price allowed runners into scoring position in each inning and even survived a bases loaded, no out situation in the second with 2 Ks and a groundball…Sean Rodriguez. His 2-run double in the first extended his hitting streak to 15. He also ended the third with a great sliding grab in foul territory. Jason Bartlett might start tonight, but we have to think his days as an everyday player with the Rays are over.
THE BAD: National League Rules. We used to be biggest defender of letting pitchers hit, but in recent years we have come to our senses. Letting pitchers hit is like making Martin Gramatica play QB once every 9 plays. Sure it adds to the “strategy,” but that doesn’t mean it is a better game. And sure the kicker could just hand off a lot. But sometimes it is going to be 3rd and 12. Kinda like how 3 times last night David Price came to the plate with runners on base and 2 outs. What a waste…John Jaso’s D. Rough night for Jaso behind the plate as all 3 runs off of David Price might have been prevented by a better catcher. Price was charged with 2 wild pitches. One should have been caught and the other should have easily been blocked. And in the 5th, Jaso missed the second base bag by 10 feet trying to throw out a basestealer. That runner scored when the next batter singled.
THE TELLING: The start of the game was delayed two and a half hours due to rain…Dioner Navarro received a cortisone shot and says he is now ready to play…Jason Bartlett’s second rehab start was rained out…For a couple of hours, the Rays were in second place a half-game behind the Yankees. It was the first time the Rays were not in first place since the first day of the season when the Rays did not play.
WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 41-23 tied with the Yankees in the AL East and 4 games ahead of the Red Sox in the Wild Card. After 64 games in 2008, the Rays were 38-26.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- David Price talks about last night’s win (video). [The Heater]
- The Rays other second round pick, Jacob Thompson, a pitcher from Long Beach State, is expected to sign today. [The Heater]
- Joel Sherman writes that the Yankees might not need Carl Crawford next year. [NY Post]
- The Mets drafted Cory Vaughn in the 4th round this year. He is the son of former Devil Ray Greg Vaughn…Personally, we were a little disappointed the Rays didn’t get the younger Vaughn. Not because we think he is a great prospect. But because his family owes the Rays a few years of cheap labor. [Mets Blog]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Check out “The Rundown” from Rays Prospects for boxscores and more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]
- DURHAM: (postponed, rain)
- MONTGOMERY: (no game scheduled)
- CHARLOTTE: Matt Moore had his best start of the year, striking out 9, walking 1 and allowing just 2 hits in 6 shutout innings. The win improved his record to 2-7 with a 5.54 ERA…Stephen Vogt went 3-5 for the second straight night.
- BOWLING GREEN: Kyle Lobstein pitched a 7-inning complete game in the first game, allowing 8 hits, striking out 6 and walking none…Alex Colome gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks in 5 innings in the nightcap. He struck out 6.