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: Jeff Niemann. The Giraffe uncharacteristically struggled with his pitch count, having to be pulled after 6 innings with 107 pitches. Still, he improved to 7-2 after giving up just 1 unearned run, lowering his ERA to 2.65…Carl Crawford. He was only 1-4, but the 1 was a huge solo home run in the 8th inning to give the Rays a 2-run cushion and some breathing room. He is now 24 for his last 54 (.444)…Joe Maddon. With 2 outs in the 9th and 1 run in already and the tying run on third. JoeMa chose to intentionally walk David Ortiz with Kevin Youkilis out of the game. Rafael Soriano got the next batter to ground out to end the game. We think Maddon has officially learned his lesson with David Ortiz.

THE BAD: Rafael Soriano. MFIKY came on and recorded his 4th save in the last 4 days and 5th in 7 days. That is indeed good even if he walked his first 2 batters since mid-May, a span of 18 appearances. But this is bad because we can’t imagine Soriano will be available tonight. Let’s hope he isn’t needed…Evan Longoria’s BJ Moment. With just 1 out in the 6th and the bases loaded in a 1-run game, Longo was picked off third base. Making it worse, Carlos Pena would walk, but the Rays failed to score in the inning.

THE TELLING: BJ Upton led off versus the left-hander and went 0-4…The Rays have now won three in a row against the Red Sox, 4 in a row overall and 6 of 7…According to PECOTA, the Rays have a 68.5% shot at the playoffs.

WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 50-33, 2 games behind the Yankees and 1.5 games ahead of the Red Sox. After 83 games in 2008, the Rays were 51-32.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • BJ Upton says he doesn’t want to be traded. [St. Pete Times]
  • Mariano Rivera will not participate in the all-star game citing the need for rest. Might that open up a spot for Rafael Soriano? [ESPN]
  • John Jaso talks about pitching around David Ortiz (Video). [The Heater]
  • MLB Trade Rumors explores BJ Upton’s trade value and some of the teams that could be interested. [MLB Trade Rumors]
  • Include Jorge Ortiz among those that think the Rays will be just fine without BJ Upton. [USA Today]
  • Joe Bucs Fan doesn’t see the Bucs signing many free agents until there is a new CBA. [Joe Bucs Fan]
  • According to Accuscore, the Rays had a 53.9% shot at making the playoffs. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Here is Rays Prospects’ mid-season minor league all-star team. [Rays Prospects]
  • Charlotte starting pitcher Joe Cruz was named the FSL pitcher of the week.

DOWN ON THE FARM

  • Check out Rays Prospects for boxscores and more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]
  • DURHAM: Carlos Hernandez got rocked for 9 runs in 5.2 innings. Four of the runs came via 2 home runs off of the bat of one batter…Dioner Navarro was 0-2 with 2 walks…Desmond Jennings went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • MONTGOMERY: Jake McGee allowed his first run in 3 games, going 6 innings with 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 8 and now has 62 strikeouts and just 19 walks in 49.2 innings…Leslie Anderson was 3-3 and has 6 hits in his last 2 games…Matt Sweeney was 0-3 and is now 1-19 in the last 6 games.
  • CHARLOTTE: Chris Andujar was pounded for 7 runs, but only 1 was earned. He lasted only 2.2 innings, giving up 5 hits and walking 5…Tim Beckham was 1-4 with a walk. He also committed his 11th error.
  • BOWLING GREEN: Kyle Lobstein struck out 8 and walked 3 in 6.1 innings. He allowed 2 runs on 5 hits…Brett Nommensen was 3-5 and hit his 3rd home run in 4 games.
  • HUDSON VALLEY: Miguela Sierra allowed 3 runs in 4 innings on 6 hits and 2 walks…Derek Dietrich was 0-5 with 2 strikeouts. He is hitting .183…Nick Schwaner hit his 3rd home run in the first 14 games.
  • PRINCETON: Jacob Partridge last just 3 innings in his third start, giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 4.

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17 Comments

  1. Sarah says:

    Question 1: If Upton had been the one picked off third base, nearly costing the game, wouldn’t today’s newspaper headlines all have featured some nasty stuff about it? Cork has it listed as “the bad” here, but my St. Pete times barely mentions it.

    Question 2: Would Upton have been justified in giving Longoria a lecture about the need to stay focused when he returned to the dugout?

    I love Evan, really I do, but the fact that even he can make an inattentive, boneheaded move should give us some perspective.

    • Brian H says:

      are you kidding me

      • Brian H says:

        1 upton leads league the last two years in getting picked off. one mistake compared to a mistake that is made over and over.

        2. longoria gave upton the speech after he did not hustle for a ball, upton responded by yelling and then getting picked off.

        every ball player makes boneheaded plays every once in a while. the complaint with upton is the repitiveness of it.

        • Sarah says:

          I get that, and I have torn my hair out over Upton’s mistakes in the past.

          But I think we develop story lines about players that then come to shape our interpretation of everything they do. Longoria is seen as a hard-working, dedicated player, so we tend to underemphasize his errors and we are willing to forget them by the next day. Upton is seen as unfocused and lazy, so his mistakes get magnified in our minds.

          My point is not that Longoria is “worse” than Upton. My point is that we have different interpretations of the same action, depending on the judgments we’ve already made about the players responsible for them.

          • ramedy says:

            +1 again for Sarah. 3 more and you get a free sub.

          • Brian H says:

            I dont agree with this point at all. If longoria made as much mistakes as upton did he would certainly be recognized for it and would get the same criticism. your arguing one example of longoria sample compared 15-20 of uptons. the opposite of upton. and if longoria gets picked off again, you wil definetly start to hear some rumbles. but the perception of longoria is that if he made the mistake he would fix it, thats what great players do. hope fully we have a great player on our hands, i certainly think we do.

            I absolutly give longoria a pass. it was a boneheaded play but i have confidence that he wont do it again, or at least anywhere in the near future. I cant say that for upton who proves to make the same mistakes over again. its the frustration of knowing or thinking that it will happen again.

            even the best of players make mistakes i understand that. but to make them over and over is when the public starts to lose its patience. i love upton too but i am past the point making excuses for him. i would always say things, it just looks like he not running hard, or hes young he will stop geting picked off. neither turned out to be true and its frustrating.

            i think your taking one simple play and mistake and trying to make case against it, and really that cant make sense. the body of work is what you have to compare.

          • Brian H says:

            I read your post wrong. I agree with your point. that is absolutly what people do. as they should.

            am i going to forgive my mvp caliber player or my guy not hustling and struggling at every facet of the game who makes a the same mistakes repitively. i mean it shouldnt even be an argument.

            what you said in orginal post was that upton should give him a talking when, longoria gave him a speech when he didnt hustle for the 6 time in 3 years.(maybe more). i am confident we dont have to worry about longoria not hustling andi would say the same for crawford.

          • Brian H says:

            im sorry but i can write all day about how your argument make little sense to me.

            If longoria was hitting .220 and 7hrs , not hustling. and he got picked off for 7th time this season. they definetly would mention it more asa story.

            and if that cost them the game it would have been the story. but they won.

          • Tone says:

            Are you for real? BJ is more than unproductive so his mistakes just ADD to the frustration. Evan is a million times more productive at the plate and his mistakes are FAR fewer. Evan’s errors are simply errors, BJ has concentration problems or something, cause his lapses are WAY too frequent(also he sucks at hitting all the time). You need to get over your idea that we are all picking on poor BJ for no good reason. Watching him suck for almost 2 seasons while making huge mistakes is getting old for all of us who are sane.

    • Stephanie says:

      #2. No. He would not have been justified. Every player makes mistakes and does things that could potentially cost his team a game. There is nothing to be gained by calling out/criticizing players for every little miscue. It doesn’t help the players or the team.

  2. Amanda says:

    Cork, Soriano’s performance is all my fault. I jinxed him yesterday when I said I don’t worry about the closer. :(

  3. Gus says:

    Soriano’s performance was pretty gutty; he didn’t have his best fastball, but gutted it out. Having a nobody in the clean-up slot didn’t hurt.

    Kind of surprised that Maddon didn’t give Benoit a chance in the 9th since he had an easy 8th and Soriano has been overworked.

  4. Alex says:

    He should of left Benoit in and just had Soriano ready. Soriano was clearly gassed and at this point I don’t care if he misses the ASG. He needs the rest.

    As for the Evan Longoria play; it clearly was not his best night. The double to start the game was great, but after that he went downhill. He had the horrendous throw from SS and then he had his moment at 3B. I won’t lie it really pissed me off, but then I remembered how much effort Longo gives all the time. That diving play he made at 3rd base showed just that. He’s allowed a mental error every once and a while. Those things happen. BJ does that ALL THE TIME. Although Evan did make that throw to second on his double way to close. If the 2b had caught the throw Evan might of been out because he cruised into 2nd. If that had happened along with him getting picked off then I could understand being pissed and making a fuss about it.

  5. Don says:

    Screw Upton..I’m tired of the constant …..he’s good, he’s no good… he’s lazy, he’s not lazy… he’s stupid, he’s not stupid…in summary….. he sucks.. with plenty of bad PR stuff to over come here…moving would be better!
    Hard to pick on him because Longo has been the Man…but last night he sucked… and really almost gave the game away (twice) to Bostons “B’ squad..
    I hope he just had a rough night with the broads… and he has not been reading his clippings…now THINKING he is the man…come on Longo!

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