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: MLB Schedule. One of the toughest things about the NFL schedule is having to stew about a tough loss for an entire week. In baseball, there is almost always another game the next day. And tonight we get a special one. Not only is it Rays-Yanks with the division title on the line. But it will be David Price versus CC Sabathia for what may be the first of two September matchups for the division and the Cy Young.

THE BAD: Rafael Soriano. It was bound to happen. For just the second time this season (we aren’t counting that 8th inning Evan Longoria error) Soriano blew a save. He just happened to do it in the most stomach-punching way possible, a 2-run walk-off home run. And as emotionally invested as we are, we still can’t get upset about it. It’s Soriano. It’s MFIKY. He’s money. It happens (rarely). Now, if he does it again tonight, all bets are off.

THE TELLING: Joe Maddon once again stacked the lineup with righties against Shaun Marcum. And switch-hitters Ben Zobrist and Dioner Navarro even batted right-handed…Game 4 of the FSL Championship will be tonight at 7:00 with Charlotte trailing 2 games to 1 in the best-of-5…Andy Pettitte is still out at least another week…According to CoolStandings.com, the Rays have a 99.2% shot at making the playoffs. The Yankees are 98.7% and the Red Sox are 1.2%.

WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 86-56, one-half game behind the Yankees (tied in the loss column) and 7.5 games ahead of the Red Sox and White Sox in the Wild Card (8 games in the loss column). After 142 games in 2008, the Rays were 85-57.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Rafael Soriano says his back did not feel 100% during yesterday’s game (Video). [The Heater]
  • As we speculated yesterday, Marc Topkin says Jake McGee is expected to be called up today…Look for Elliot Johnson to join him. [St. Pete Times]
  • The Durham Bulls won their first-round series and will face the Yankees Indians triple-A affiliate in the Governor’s Cup Finals starting Tuesday. [IndyWeek]
  • This piece by Ben Shpigel on Carl Crawford is awesome…and depressing. [New York Times]
  • Andrew Marchand on the Yankees heading into the Rays series: “The New York Yankees are in a free fall. They look like an old club, a step slow and fragile against younger, more vibrant teams. Understandably, their manager is testy.” [ESPN New York]
  • Can’t imagine MLB ever likes to hear their players associated with gambling. But if the Rays are doing it for charity, then that must be cool. [Rise of the Rays]
  • Ben Carsley says the Rays have the pitching edge over the Yankees. [NESN]
  • Akinori Iwamura is set to sign with the A’s. [San Francisco Chronicle]

DOWN ON THE FARM

  • DURHAM 4, Louisville 2 (Durham wins series 3-2): The Bulls won their first round series behind Bobby Livingston who tossed 5 innings of 2-run ball. He struck out 4 and walked none…Fernando Perez (2004-7) started the scoring with a 2-run single in the first and JJ Formaniak broke a 2-2 tie with a solo home run in the 5th.
  • CHARLOTTE 2, Tampa 1 (Tampa leads 2-1, best-of-5): The Stone Crabs stayed alive when Jake Jefferies (2008-3) broke a 1-1 tie with a sac fly in the 9th…Matt Moore (2007-8) struck out 10 in 6 innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits and 4 walks…Matt Hall (2008-10) drove in the first run with a second inning RBI double.

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8 Comments

  1. Tone says:

    I really liked seeing Desmond get some hits and hit the ball hard. I want to see him in this Yankee series(as a starter). Maybe he could get a start in left while CC DH’s to rest his zillion dollar knees? Think that could happen in this series?

  2. Chris Wise says:

    Re: International League Governors’ Cup. The Bulls will be playing the Columbus Clippers, Cleveland’s AAA team. Tuesday night. In Columbus.

  3. Gus says:

    I think we should get every dollar out of CC’s $10M contract — he’ll be in LF as long as he can walk. He’s truly had the mother of all contract years. I think he’s a Hall of Famer, but I doubt he’ll have another season quite like this given his game.

    Cork: It seems to me that this is the season where Crawford finally hit left-handers? Is this true?

    Also, watching Jennings’ first hit on Saturday reminded me of Crawford’s first series (I think), a late in the season weekend series against Toronto where I think he got his first hit also. Some nice bookends there if my memory is correct.

    • Cork Gaines says:

      interestingly, his OPS is up against both righties and lefties this season, but his batting average versus lefties is actually down this season versus lefties compared to his career (.257 v .270). But I dont have his split by month. So maybe he has done better versus lefties recently.

      • Gus says:

        Who would have thought that?

        I did see that the Rays have the bets record against left handed starters? I guess getting rid of Pat the Bat didn’t cripple them in that regard. (Of course, having the best record in the majors means you are good against everybody).

  4. Sarah says:

    I loved watching Desmond Jennings dig in yesterday, but could someone tell him it’s probably best NOT to dive head first into a wall trying to catch a foul ball with no one on base? Great for the highlight reel; not so great if you get injured in the process.

  5. Don says:

    Not to play CC and Jaso is a crime when EVERY game is important…..Navarro and rookies get you NO where…Maddon is an idiot but he is worried about attendance and can’t concentrate on his own job…
    No excuses Sorriano…the big boys got to you…end of story!

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