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: Red Sox Loss. Another loss by the Red Sox and the Rays magic number is now 6 to clinch a playoff spot.
THE BAD: Pitching. We always say it. Winning is about 3 things: Pitching, pitching and pitching. And if things don’t change soon, this is going to be a very quick and a very ugly postseason for the Rays. The starting pitchers have a 5.30 ERA in September. They have only had one other month this season with an ERA over 4.00 (4.42 in June). And just for good measure, the relievers have had their worst month of the season also with a 4.84 ERA.
THE TELLING: Carl Crawford has reached base via catcher’s interference six time this season.
WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 89-61, 2.5 games behind the Yankees in the East and 6.5 games ahead of the Red Sox in the Wild Card. After 150 games in 2008, the Rays were 90-60.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- James Shields talks about yet another rough start (Video). [The Heater]
- Marc Topkin has some more thoughts on the bullpen screw-up from Monday night…Does anybody believe Joe Maddon was responsible for the confusion? [The Heater]
- Martin Fennelly on the Rays starting piching: “A spineless start was the last thing this team needed after another badMatt Garza outing, but that’s what Shields delivered…” [Tampa Tribune]
- Ken Rosenthal writes that starting pitching is suddenly a big concern for both the Rays and the Yankees. [Fox Sports]