The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
The Rays used 129 different lineups in 162 games this season. The most common?
- Jason Bartlett
- Carl Crawford
- Ben Zobrist
- Evan Longoria
- Carlos Pena
- BJ Upton
- Pat Burrell
- John Jaso
- Reid Brignac
Only two players played more than half of the games in one spot. Crawford spent 100 games in the 2-hole and Longoria batted fourth 84 times.
129 is a lot, but it is not that crazy for Joe Maddon. In fact it is not even his career-high. He used 123 different lineups in 2009, 115 in 2008, 122 in 2007 and 145 in 2006. Yes, 145. Now that is Maddonology.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Rafael Soriano flew home for a personal matter, but will be back in time for today’s game…Also, Joe Maddon said he is thinking of doing something new for the lineup in today’s game 1. [St. Pete Times]
- David Price was named the winner of the Warren Spahn Award as baseball’s top lefty. [Tampa Tribune]
- James Sheilds says the Rays are the team to beat. [The Heater]
- Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning-News did a short Q&A previewing the ALDS. He noted that the Rays “can win this series with base running alone.” [DallasNews]
- The 7-person Pinellas County Commission turned down an offer of 4-tickets to each of the Rays playoff games, in part because they would have to pay for them (can’t accept gifts). [St. Pete Times]
- Jordan Kobritz of The Biz of Baseball says the economy is only a small factor in the Rays attendance issues. Rather he just thinks the Bay Area is a terrible baseball market. [Biz of Baseball]
- Scouting Director RJ Harrison and Director of Minor League Operations Mitch Lukevics will throw out the first pitch today. Governor Charlie Crist will do the honors tomorrow. This means two things: 1) we will once again be subjected to Crist tucking his Rays jersey into his jeans; and 2) St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster is still waiting for the Rays to call him. [Tampa Tribune]
- The New York Times has an in-depth piece on the Trop’s catwalks. [New York Times]
- Sports Casualties previews the ALDS and will prior to each game. [Sports Casualties]
- The Des Moines Register spoke with Jeremy Hellickson’s parents about their son’s success. [Des Moines Register]
- Matt Garza talks about becoming a father at a young age and how that impacted who he is today. [MLB]