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: 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]

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6 Comments

  1. robert says:

    James Shields talks about his latest poor performance. Looped tape………..

  2. Don says:

    What can you say about a loss with a line up that started 5…count em 5
    .200 hitters or less…it was an insult to the Mariners and they smashed it in the Rays (Maddons) face!
    and If you don’t want the opposing team to hit home runs then don’t start Shields..He is the BEST at it!
    Now only a 1/2 game lead over the Yankees instead of 1 1/2…but O well
    at least EVERYONE got to play…I know Maddon enjoyed that…you know “you cann’t win them all”

  3. Good news is James Shields would be fine in a series that involved a game at Target Field.

  4. John S says:

    We don’t have a replacement for Pena. Try Ben Zobrist who actually plays a very good 1st base or Leslie Anderson who batted well above .300 for the triple AAA Durham and has shown improvement in hitting at every advanced level in the system; which is a fantastic sign. 90% of hitters have a gradual decline with every advanced level.

  5. Scot says:

    With regards to other MLB teams not being able to compete because they don’t have the revenue nor the payroll of the NYY, the WSJ noted that the correlation between payroll size and wins-losses is approaching 0. For 2010, it was practically zero.

    The Rays will continue to compete and soon so will Washington and KC.

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