The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

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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]

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9 Comments

  1. Amanda says:

    I see the Twins coming out of the AL if things don’t change. They’re hotter than hot right now, and have all the Mo.

  2. Don says:

    No pitching, no hitting, worse fielding, bad base running,
    a couple of blind, deaf and dumb coaches… I feel we will be right there to challenge the “powerfull/smart Yankees!
    Think I’ll put a couple of thousand on the Rays…for 2nd!
    You can always tell a “classy” race horse on how he FINISHES a race, the beginning means very little!

  3. I’ve been screaming for weeks now that you can’t read anything into these games right now. Both the Rays and Yankees are both managing this series with a safety net (WC) behind them.

    Here’s the thing… We all know the Rays are capable of winning the World Series. We all know that the Rays are also capable of getting blown out in a short series. So, the biggest question is who’s going to show up in two weeks… the world beaters or the ho-hum team. And I don’t think this series is going to answer that question one way or another. I would be much more worried right now if the Red Sox were breathing down the Rays throats.

    • Beth says:

      Michael, I see your point, and if the Rays were losing because they were trying out rookies, or making the occasional error I would agree that this need not be indicative of the postseason. But you can’t be suggesting that Matt Garza, James Shields and Jeff Niemann are going there thinking “well, we’re bound to get the WC, so I’ll just throw juicy pitches over the heart of the plate and watch them get pounded.” These three guys now look clueless out there, and I don’t know how you turn them around in a couple of weeks.

  4. Caity says:

    Honestly, I think most Rays fans are overreacting a bit. The pitching staff went through a little meltdown back in 08 if you remember. We all know what happened after that.

    Yes, the pitching hasnt been the best, but every team goes through hiccups of bad pitching during the season- it happens people, it happened in June, and It happening now.

    Anything can still happen, I don’t get why people are counting the Rays out now, cmon It’s one little hiccup and everyone’s freaking out?.
    My God. We still have a chance to win the divsion and were going to the postseason no matter what.

    Anyways, I’ll worry about the Rays rotation if it contiunues to be like this- in October when it really counts.

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