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: Hellboy Is The Real Deal. Oh mama. Jeremy Hellickson is fun to watch. He only needed 86 pitches to get through 7 shutout innings. In only 2 of the 7 innings did he need more than 13 pitches. And in 3 innings, he needed 10 or fewer. 61 of his pitches were strikes and 10 of those were swing-and-misses. Seven of the swinging strikes came on his changeup which was a strike 25 of the 27 times he threw the pitch. Many will find this blasphemous, but he reminds us of Greg Maddux, if Maddux had a 91-92 mph fastball (actually Maddux did when he was younger). Jeremy Hellickson and David Price are going to be a fun 1-2 to watch for the next 5+ seasons.
THE BAD: Wade Davis. The Rays have a problem. We speculated earlier in the season that when the Rays decide to trade a pitcher, it would be either James Shields or Matt Garza. We also speculated that the Rays could wait until after 2011 season to move a pitcher. Why? They love depth. Why go into the 2011 season with 5 starting pitchers when they can do it with 6. This week has proven how important that is. Davis would appear to be the odd-man out. Do they move him to the bullpen (where he would be quite effective)? Or do they send Davis back to Durham next season to get regular work as a starter until he is needed at some point to fill in for the Rays? In other words, we hope Davis enjoyed his time in Durham last year, because he might be back in 2011.
THE TELLING: Jeremy Hellickson is just the third pitcher since 1920 that pitched at least 7 innings and held the opponent to 3 hits or less in each of his first 2 big league starts…Dan Johnson tied the franchise record with 4 walks…Carlos Pena could be ready to return on Monday, the first day he is eligible…According to CoolStandings.com the Rays have an 85.9% chance of making the playoffs. The Red Sox are at 16.5%…Matt Garza faces the Tigers tonight for the first time since beating them with a no-hitter.
WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 69-44, one-half game behind the Yankees (1 in the loss column) and 4.5 games ahead of the Red Sox (5 in the loss column) in the Wild Card.After 113 games in 2008, the Rays were 68-45.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Jeremy Hellickson talks about his second big league start (VIDEO). [The Heater]
- Joe Maddon has some choices to face with the rotation the rest of the week (Can Jeremy Hellickson just pitch twice every 5 days?). [Tampa Tribune]
- Rays Prospects have updated the Rays draft signing board with a look at all draft picks that have signed as well as their signing bonuses. [Rays Prospects]
- Bright House Sports Network spoke with Fred McGriff about the catwalks and the location for a new stadium. [Bright House Sports Network]
- RaysRev.com has 10 reasons to be excited about Jeremy Hellickson. [RaysRev.com]
- Tampa Bay Sports Emporium compares Joe Maddon to Tony Dungy and believes a new manager is needed to get the Rays over the top. [Tampa Bay Sports Emporium]
- The athlete is often the last person to figure it out. In this case, Derrick Brooks announced his retirement from the NFL. [Joe Bucs Fan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Check out Rays Prospects for boxscores and more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]
- DURHAM: Brian Baker gave up 4 runs in 5.1 innings…Desmond Jennings (2006-10) went 2-3 with a double and 2 walks. He also stole his 29th base. He is hitting .280…Justin Ruggiano went 3-5 with a double and 2 RBI…Dioner Navarro was 1-4 and is hitting .276.
- MONTGOMERY: Alex Cobb (2006-4) gave up 3 runs in 6 innings, despite striking out 10 and walking just 1. His ERA is 2.80 and he has struck out 95 in 93.1 innings…Henry Wrigley (2005-14) went 2-5 and stole his first base. He is hitting .283.
- CHARLOTTE: (postponed)
- BOWLING GREEN: Kirby Yates struck out 6 in 5.1 innings, but walked 4. He allowed 2 runs…Brett Nommensen (2009-8) was 3-5 with 2 triples and 5 RBI. He also stole his 27th base.
- HUDSON VALLEY: James Patterson (2010-18) pitched 5 shutout innings, striking out 4 and walking 1…Phillip Wunderlich (2010-12) was 1-4 with a RBI. He is hitting .321.
- PRINCETON: Enny Romero held Kingsport to 1 run in 5 innings, lowering his ERA to 1.84. He struck out 4 and walked 1…Kevin Kiermaier (2010-31) went 3-5 with his 2nd home run.