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: Money Well Saved. Good for everybody that decided not to spend money on parking, tickets and concessions and instead spent a relaxing night at home with loved ones and got a good night’s sleep. Going to last night’s game would have been a waste of your money.
THE BAD: Well. If you missed the fireworks a couple of players started after last night’s game, you can start here and then go here…Embarrassing. You want embarrassing? How about getting shutout on 3-hits against a last-place team when a trip to the playoffs was on the line? Just a pathetic effort for a team that has obviously decided to coast in neutral to the finish line. It was the 7th time the Rays have been shut out this season. And the Rays managed just 3 hits, proving once again that despite their league-best 36-19 record versus lefties, the Rays will every once and a while go into an absolute funk against a decent southpaw. This does not bode well for a first-round match-up that will include two games against either Cliff Lee or Nelson Franisco Liriano.
THE TELLING: The Rays magic number to clinch a playoff spot remains 1. The magic number to clinch the division is now 5…Evan Longoria took swings off a tee and played catch prior to calling Rays fans “embarrassing”…Dan Johnson started at third base despite a lefty starting for Baltimore. This suggests that Johnson is certainly on the postseason roster and Joe Maddon is trying to see how far he can use The Great Pumpkin.
WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 93-63, a half-game ahead of the Yankees and 6 games ahead of the Red Sox in the Wild Card. After 156 games in 2008, the Rays were 94-62.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Don’t think we ever mentioned it (but you may have noticed the banner at the top), but with FSV rebranding itself, we are now an affiliate of BigLeadSports with TheBigLead.com leading the way as our flagship website. [SportsBusinessJournal]
- In case you missed it, we posted an interesting update to the Carl Crawford Twitter post yesterday afternoon. [Rays Index]
- John Romano says the players shouldn’t be the ones making the attendance argument, noting it is not an argument they can’t win. [St. Pete Times]
- Mark Saxson calls Carl Crawford, the Angels “No. 1 target” this off-season. [ESPN LA]
- JB Long polled the players on
who they think should be named the team’s MVP, best pitcher, best glove and top rookie. [Bright House Sports]
- Tonight will likely be David Price’s last start of the regular season. [St. Pete Times]
- Martin Fennelly says he would be surprised if James Shields is not the game 2 starter in the ALDS, but wonders if he is even the Rays 4th best starter right now. [Tampa Tribune]
- NESN makes a case for what we have wanted all along: Jeremy Hellickson in the postseason rotation. [NESN]
- In part 1 of a series, WDBB takes a look back at the Durham Bulls season. [Watching Durham Bulls Baseball]
- If you want to sell anything near The Trop during the playoffs, be prepared to buy a permit. [St. Pete Times]
- Tommy Rancel breaks down Joaquin Benoit and Rafael Soriano’s historic seasons. [Bright House Sports]
- Joe Bucs Fan investigated the legality of watching blacked out games on your home computer. [JoeBucsFan]
- Matt Garza was spotted at Busch Gardens. No word yet on how many kids were victim’s of collateral spit. [Orlando Sentinel]