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: Matt Joyce. Joyce continues to kill his former team. This time it was an RBI single in the 6th that temporarily tied the game at 1-1…BJ Upton. He still looks afraid of a good fastball, but he did pick up a single and 2 walks. That’s all we can ask at this point.
THE BAD: Matt Garza Facing the Tigers for the first time since his no-hitter, Garza went away from what worked. During his no-no, 101 if his 120 pitches were fastballs. Yesterday, only 82 of his 106 pitches were fastballs. And of those, he threw 35 two-seem fastballs compared to 5 in the previous start. What is interesting is that he was actually throwing his fastball harder yesterday (92.5 mph) than he did during his no-no (91.5 mph). The result was less natural movement. In other words, he may have been throwing too hard yesterday…Ben Zobrist. After Kelly Shoppach led off the 5th with a double, Zobrist came up with 1 out. He got 7 pitches from Verlander and looked at 6 of them, and eventually struck out with the bat sitting on his shoulder. The Rays failed to score.
THE TELLING: Dan Johnson ledoff for the first time in his life…The Orioles are 8-1 under new mananger Buck Showalter.
WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 69-45, 1.5 games behind the Yankees (2 in the loss column) and 3.5 in front of the Red Sox (4 in the loss column). In 2008, after 114 games, the Rays were 68-46.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- David Price’s next start has been pushed back 2 todays to Monday and Andy Sonnanstine will start on Saturday. [St. Pete Times]
- The Nationals have “strong interest” in signing free agent-to-be Carl Crawford. [MASN]
- Jeff Niemann and Wade Davis are the first Rays starting pitchers to hit the DL since June of 2009 (Scott Kazmir). During that span, the other 29 teams sent 107 starters to the DL. [MLB]
- NESN.com compares Jeremy Hellickson to Roy Oswalt. [NESN]
- Rays Prospects takes a look at how members of the Rays’ 2008 draft class have performed. [Rays Prospects]
- Several of the Rays prospects have been recognized by Baseball America for having the best tools in the respective level. [Rays Prospects]
- Comparing the 2010 Reds to the 2008 Rays. [Sports Casualties]
- Our first favorite athlete growing up was Doug Williams, so this makes us a tad sad. [Joe Bucs Fan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Check out Rays Prospects for boxscores and more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]
- DURHAM: Virgil Vasquez was pounded for 7 runs in 3.1 innings…Jake McGee (2004-5) worked 1.2 innings, striking out 2 and giving up just 1 hit…Desmond Jennings (2006-10) went 2-6 with a walk and his 30th stolen base…Dioner Navarro had 3 hits including a double. He is hitting .290…Leslie Anderson went 3-5 with a walk.
- MONTGOMERY: David Newmann (2007-4) gave up 7 runs in 3.1 innings including a 3-run home run in the first…The Biscuits managed just 5 hits, all singles.
- CHARLOTTE: In the first game, Shane Dyer (2008-6) retired the first 5 batters he faced before being pulled with an apparent groin injury…Rocco Baldelli (2000-1) was 0-4 with a strikeout and Tim Beckham (2008-1) had 2 of the Stone Crabs 3 hits…In game 2, Chris Andujar struck out 6 in 5 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks…Tim Beckham (2008-1) went 1-4 with his 20th steal.
- BOWLING GREEN: Aaron Dott (2009-31) allowed 3 runs in 4 innings…Brett Nommensen (2009-8) was 2-5 with his 9th home run and 28th stolen base…Tyler Bortnick (2009-16) walked twice and stole his 37th base.
- HUDSON VALLEY: Zachary Rosscup (2009-28) started and gave up 3 runs in 2 innings…Phillip Wunderlich (2010-12) went 2-4 with his 4th home run. He is hitting .326.
- PRINCETON: Braulio Lara struck out 5 in 3.2 innings and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks…Ruben Contreras (2) and Felix Gonzalez (1) homered…Kevin Kiermaier (2010-31) went 2-4 with a walk and stole his 11th base.