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: 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.