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: Andy Sonnanstine. After tossing 4.2 scoreless innings Friday and then after Lance Cormier nearly blew a 4-run 11th inning lead, The Duke came in with the tying run on  third and no outs. He promptly struck out the next two batters (including a pitcher) and got Dan Uggla to fly out to right to end the game…Vuvuzelas. Or whatever those things were, may have been annoying, but they helped the Rays in the end.  The noise may have led to a miscommunication of a lineup change and when Brian Barden led off the 9th with a walk, he was called out for batting out of order…Joe Maddon. JoeMa does some strange things and we usually only comment when they don’t work. So we need to tip our cap to his moves last night. First he brought Rafael Soriano in with no outs in the 8th with the tying run on third and no outs. Sure he blew his first save of the year (thanks to an Evan Longoria throwing error), but he didn’t give up a hit and gave Maddon 2 scoreless innings. Then Maddon went to James Shields in the 10th. Yes James Shields, who pitched a scoreless 10th. And of course, Maddon proved he has a huge pair of Vuvuzelas when he turned to Andy Sonnanstine with the tying run on third in the 11th.

THE BAD: Lance Cormier. After being spotted a 4-run lead in the top-half of the 11th, Cormier was called upon to close out the game in a “don’t screw this up role.” He almost did, allowing all 5 batters he faced to reach base…Wheeler/Choate. What Cormier did in the 11th, Dan Wheeler and Choate had already accomplished in the 8th. A 3-run lead was quickly erased when those two couldn’t retire any of the 4 batters they faced.

THE TELLING: Joe Maddon continues to platoon BJ Upton and John Jaso at the leadoff spot.

WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 42-26, tied with the Yankees in the East and 1 game ahead of the Red Sox in the Wild Card. After 68 games in 2008, the Rays were 40-28.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • David Price was warming up with Wade Davis prior to Saturday’s game when Price caught one throw with his groin. He is not expected to miss his next start. [St. Pete Times]
  • Marc Topkin had BJ Upton and Justin Upton answer a few questions about each other. [St. Pete Times]
  • Tom D’Angelo spoke with Matt Garza about his father, who recently returned from his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, and what Father’s Day means to him. [Palm Beach Post]
  • Dave Scheiber wrote a nice father’s day piece on Derek Shelton and his father. [FoxSportsFlorida]
  • Here is one interpretation of the Delmon Young-Matt Garza-Jason Bartlett trade. [Fake Bill Smith]
  • Here is an interview with Hudson Valley’s 32-year old manager and former Devil Ray, Jared Sandberg. [Times Herald-Record]

DOWN ON THE FARM

  • Check out Rays Prospects for boxscores and more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]

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4 Comments

  1. Don says:

    Let me tell you how bad things have got on the pitching staff…
    (don’t count Benoit & Sorenno)
    Andy (freking) Sonnanstine looked like the BEST pitcher we have right now…count Price after Sun.
    I think I’m having the big one…we have hit the bottom…
    Andy (freking) Sonnastine…I can’t take it!

  2. KillaTapes says:

    Sonny showed his mettle last night, and damn did it ever feel good to see it! He looked like the guy that was such a big contributor in ’08 (You know the season that people like Don forget about). And yeah, I have no idea if he will continue progress back to the pitcher we know he can be, but I’m enjoying it for the time being.

    That said, this team really is playing like the ’09 team, and that’s not good. The Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde routine is getting old.

    Oh and BTW, here’s how much of a fair weather fan Don is- look back to the beginning of the season- Myself and others were hopeful and excited about Benoit because we knew what his potential was, while Don was calling him a bum that needed to get tossed out with Burrell. Now he’s one of the best relievers we have (and in the game), and Don is singing his praise. Ugh. I know it’s futile to even bring these things up but I guess when the team is going this bad, reading his near-illegible posts just makes it that much worse.

    Sorry for the rant. Let’s hope for better days for the Rays!

    • Don says:

      Well Killa lets see..
      First of all I was a (Devil) Rays fan before YOU even knew who they were..
      I was paying for tickets before they could beat anyone…so if you want to call me a “fair weather fan” go ahead but you sound a little stupid!

      Also you better reference one (1) posting I called Benoit a “bum”…bet you can’t…other wise your senile and stupid!

      Finally if Andy Sonn. is the best we have right now, as I referenced in my post…the Rays are in a lot of trouble….Book it!

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