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: Rays Clinch Tie. Sure we would have rather seen the Yankees lose putting the Rays closer to a division title. But no matter who lost, one of the Rays’ magic numbers was going down. And with the Sox losing, The Rays have clinched at least a tie for the Wild Card. A win today at home versus Baltimore or a Red Sox loss at the White Sox and the Rays are officially in the playoffs…Desmond Jennings. This just in, he’s fast. Jennings hit the first of what will likely be many triples for the Rays. That drove in a run. He also walked.
THE BAD: James Shields. Yes, James Shields leads the AL in home runs allowed. But Josh Wilson? C’mon Jimmy. It was just Wilson’s 2nd home run of the season and just his 7th home run in 290 career games.
THE TELLING: Rocco Baldelli started in RF for the second time. Also, Carl Crawford and Ben Zobrist were given the day off…The Rays’ magic number to clinch the division remains 6…According to CoolStandings.com the Rays have an 80.2% chance of winning the division.
WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 93-62, a half-game ahead of the Yankees and 7 games ahead of the Red Sox. After 155 games in 2008, the Rays were 93-62.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- James Shields talks about his latest poor performance (Video). [The Heater]
- Dan Wheeler has been better since Joe Maddon has been getting him more regular work. [St. Pete Times]
- We missed this last week, but here is a gallery of several Rays wearing their “Loudmouth” pants (thanks Andrea). [St. Pete Times]
- NESN looks at the teams that could be interested in puruing Carlos Pena this off-season. [NESN]
- MetsBlog explains why the Mets won’t pursue Carl Crawford. [MetsBlog]
- SportsMoney examines the lack of competitive balance in Major League Baseball and why Rays fans better enjoy this season. [SportsMoney]
- The Bucs black-out, in hindsight. Was it a good idea by the Glazers? [Joe Bucs Fan]
- Here is a cool photo of thousands of Devil Rays migrating off the coast of California…No word on whether they were moving to Portland. [Daily Mail]