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: Gold Glove First Baseman. 3 of the Rays 4 runs scored on hits by Carlos Pena that went off the glove of Miguel Cabrera. Not only did Pena drive in those 3 runs, but he would have prevented them if he were in the field. Even when struggling at the plate, Pena is still a valuable commodity…Brennan Boesch. For the third time in this series, Joe Maddon walked Miguel Cabrera with runners on 1st and 2nd and 2 outs. And for the 3rd time, the Rays got Boesch out…Choate And Wheeler. Rafael Soriano and Joaquin Benoit were unavailable and Randy Choate and Dan Wheeler stepped up when Joe Maddon needed them most, getting the final 8 outs allowing just 1 baserunner…David Price. King David matched the franchise record with his 14th win. And he still has 12-14 starts left. We might be looking at the Rays first-ever 20-games winner. We might also be looking at the Rays first Cy Young Award winner…Early To Bed. Well, we hope the Rays were in bed early. As for the Yankees, they likely didn’t arrive in Tampa until about 3am.
THE BAD: 599. The hype may not be as bad as it could be, but Alex Rodriguez is still stuck on 599 home runs. And as one commenter pointed out earlier, the three starters in the series for the Rays have a habit of giving up home runs as all 3 are in the 10 in the AL.
THE TELLING: All 3 games versus the Yankees are sold out. This is the first time in the history of the Rays that they have sold out 3 straight games…Gabe Kapler started in center field even though a right-hander was on the mound, thanks to a lack of any other options.
WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 63-38, 2 games behind the Yankees and 5.5 games ahead of the Red Sox (6 in the loss column). After 101 games in 2008, the Rays were 59-42.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- David Price talks about tying the club record for wins. [The Heater]
- It is still unclear if Ben Zobrist or BJ Upton will play tonight. [Tampa Tribune]
- Aki Iwamura suffered a concussion and was hospitalized after a collision on the basepaths during a triple-A game. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
- Rays Prospects makes the case for three minor leaguers that deserve a promotion. They won’t get any arguments from us. [Rays Prospects]
- He might not have as much power, but looking at these numbers, we see Matt Joyce as an outfield version of Carlos Pena. And that means it is a good thing he ended up with the Rays at a young age, because he might have bounced around several organizations before somebody realized his potential. [DRays Bay]
- Joe Maddon blames the steroid issue for the lack of interest in Alex Rodriguez’ pursuit of 600 home runs. [NY Daily News]
- Don’t forget, Joe has got every angle of the “Donald Penn Saga” covered. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Check out Rays Prospects for boxscores and more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]
- DURHAM: Jeremy Hellickson tossed 3 shutout innings. No big deal…RJ Swindle gave up a home run.
- MONTGOMERY: Jake McGee (2004-5) picked up his 7th loss despite holding Mobile to 1 run in 6 innings. He struck out 6 and walked 2…Henry Wrigley (2005-14) was 2-4 to raise his average to .306…Leslie Anderson went 1-4. He is hitting .313.
- CHARLOTTE: Shane Dyer (2008-6) gave up 5 runs in 5.2 innings…Rocco Baldelli (2000-1) was 0-3 with a strikeout…Tim Beckham (2008-1) was 1-3 with a double and a walk.
- BOWLING GREEN: Albert Suarez gave up 3 runs in 3.1 innings. He struck out 3 and walked 1…Bennett Davis (2009-42) was 2-3 and hit his 3rd home run…Cody Rogers (2009-7) hit his 7th home run, a 3-run shot.
- HUDSON VALLEY: Jake Thompson (2010-2) made his second pro start and gave up just 1 run in 5 innings. He struck out 3 and walked none. It was the first run he has allowed in 21 innings. His ERA is 0.43.
- PRINCETON: Enny Romero picked up his first win after holding Danville to 1 run in 5 innings on 3 hits and a walk. He struck out 3. His ERA is 1.69…Todd Glaesmann (2009-3) had a double in 3 at bats with a walk.