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: 7. Thanks to the Red Sox loss, the Rays magic number to clinch a playoff spot is now 7.
THE BAD: First-Pitch Strikes. You can always tell when it is going to be a long night for Matt Garza. On those nights, he struggles to with strike one. And of the 28 batters Garza faced, he threw strike one to on only 9 batters. That is not good…Joe Maddoning. In the first 5 innings, Matt Garza gave up 5 hits, 4 walks, 4 runs and threw 47 of 85 pitches out of the strikezone. The Rays got back in the game by tying it up in the 6th. Rather than realize that Garza just didn’t have it, Maddon went back to the well again. We have absolutely no idea why Maddon expected anything different. But it was no surprise when the first 3 batters reached in the 6th. All 3 would eventually score.
THE TELLING: The Yankees have now won 9 straight games in which Matt Garza was the opposing starter.
WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 89-60, 1.5 games behind the Yankees and 6.5 games ahead of the Red Sox in the Wild Card. After 149 games in 2008, the Rays were 89-60.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- And why was Grant Balfour in the game to face Curtis Granderson? Because Joe Maddon thought Randy Choate was warming up. [Tampa Tribune]
- Matt Garza talks about his latest implosion (Video). [The Heater]
- Bud Selig once again pointed to the Rays as an example that “the system” is working. He also refused to say which side of the Bay the new Rays stadium should be built but does acknowledge that he does have a preference. [St. Pete Times]
- Mark Simon shows that it is not unusual for the Yankees to get the better of Matt Garza. [ESPN]
- John Romano says it is time to be concerned about the starting pitching. [St. Pete Times]
- One of these days we should do a side-by-side comparison of Joe Maddon and Raheem Morris. They are more similar than you might you think. [Joe Bucs Fan]