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. If there was ever a night that JoeMa needed his starter to work into the 8th inning, it was last night. And King David delivered with one of his 2 or 3 best starts of the season, striking out 10 and walking just 1. And in doing so, he made a strong case to start the all-star game. At 12-4 with a 2.42 ERA, he has the lowest ERA of any 10-game winner. And his 3.61 FIP betters CC Sabathia (3.79) and is comparable to Clay Buchholz (3.47)…Matt Garza. It is not often you will see Garza listed in “The Good” on the same day as David Price. But with Rafael Soriano and Joaquin Benoit desperately needing a night off, Joe Maddon did the unthinkable once again. He turned to Matt Garza in the 9th inning who picked up his first career save…Ben Zobrist. Joe Maddon may have found his leadoff hitter. Zorilla had 2 more walks and another stolen base. In the last 10 games, he has 15 walks and 7 steals.
THE BAD: Tim Wakefield. Of the many downsides to playing in the AL East, is having to face a knuckleballer 3-4 times a season. There is always the fear that players will have their swings messed up for a few games afterwards.
THE TELLING: This was the Rays first sweep at home this season, and they have won 5 in a row…The Rays are now 8-4 versus the Red Sox and 22-10 against the AL East….Matt Garza’s save was just his 3rd relief appearance as a pro and 1st since joining the Rays…Evan Longoria hit his first HR in 19 games…The Rays are 9-6 since Stuart Sternberg made his announcement seeking a new stadium. They were 6-9 in the 15 games prior to that. Whatever that is worth.
WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 51-33, 2 games behind the Yankees and 2.5 games in front of the Red Sox in the Wild Card. After 84 games in 2008, the Rays were 52-32.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- If you missed the “Postgame Shot of Joe,” here it is. [Rays Index]
- David Price talks about what was needed from him last night and what it means to sweep the Red Sox (Video). [The Heater]
- Alex Torres was added to the Futures Game rosters, joining Jeremy Hellickson and Desmond Jennings. The game will be played Sunday. [St. Pete Times]
- On Tuesday night, Gabe Kapler batted against a pitcher that he managed in single-A. [Big League Stew]
- Another member of the Rays Domincan League team was suspended 50 games for testing positive for steroids (thanks Amanda). [AP]
- Gary Shelton makes the case for David Price to start the All-Star game. [St. Pete Times]
- The Rays trio of BJ Upton, Carlos Pena and Jason Bartlett top Jerry Crasnick’s list of players that need to start producing if their team is to contend. [ESPN]
- The Bucs Jeremy Trueblood had a rough night Tuesday. [Joe Bucs Fan]
- The “Rays Dog” will soon be available locally. [St. Pete Times]
- Here is the latest video from the offices of the Stone Crabs. [YouTube]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Check out Rays Prospects for boxscores and more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]
- DURHAM: Heath Phillips gave up 4 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks in 4.2 innings. The big blow was a 2-run home run in the 5th…Dan Johnson hit his league leading 23rd home run…Justin Ruggiano added his 8th…Desmond Jennings was 0-4 with a walk.
- MONTGOMERY: Alex Cobb allowed 5 runs in 5.1 innings. He struck out 3 and walked 3…Henry Wrigley was 3-4 and hit 2 home runs. He is 15-39 with 3 HRs since being promoted.
- CHARLOTTE: Shane Dyer gave up 4 runs in 5.2 innings, striking out 4 and walking 1…Tim Beckham was 1-3 with 2 walks and his 14 steal…Chris Murrill was 2-3 with 2 walks and is now 8-19 in 4 games since being promoted.
- BOWLING GREEN: Wilking Rodriguez gave up 1 run in 5 innings on just 2 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 3 and lowered his ERA to 4.07…Cody Rogers was 3-5 with a stolen base. He is now 7-10 in his first two games of the season. Rogers, the Rays 7th round pick a year ago, hit .303-6-37 with a .364 OBP and 14 steals in 52 games last year with Princeton.
- HUDSON VALLEY: (no game scheduled)
- PRINCETON: Enny Romero pitched 4 shutout innings, striking out 7 and walking none…Catcher Alejandro Segovia was 2-4 with 2 doubles.