THE GOOD: Big Dub. Yes, Wade Davis. He is not James Shields or David Price. Davis isn’t going to throw a lot of 3-hit shutouts. But what you want is 7+ innings with 3 or fewer runs. And he did that last night. Trouble is, he is not going to win a lot of games if the Rays don’t score 4+ runs. Davis did what was expected. The offense did not…Brasheed Jwallace Upton. He lazied the shit out of that one ball. Home run number 7 on the year. He is now on pace for 26 home runs, a .260 average, and 743 called third strikes. That’s about right.
THE BAD: Lineup. Dan Johnson? We forgot he was still on the team. Sean Rodriguez? Bleh. Reid Brignac? Automatic out. Kelly Shoppach? OK, he hit a home run, but he was batting behind Brignac. What does that tell you? That is 4 guys in the lineup at the same time with batting averages south of .200. In the end, players not named Brasheed Jwallace Upton went 2-26…Dan Johnson. The end is near, right? The logical thing to do: DFA Johnson, let him clear waivers, send him to triple-A, and then call him up in September when the Rays need a single dramatic home run.
THE TELLING: Some guy named JP Howell is expected to join the team today. We looked it up. Apparently this dude pitched for the Rays in 2009. Never heard of him. It seems logical that Rob Delaney will be heading back to Durham…One thing we don’t do here is bitch about strike zones unless something is just so egregious. Major League Baseball has designed the strikezone to be subjective. And you are asking a middle-aged human to judge something with a margin of error of 1-3 inches in less than half-a-second. Mistakes are going to be made.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Ken Rosenthal seems to think money has nothing to do with what job somebody will take. And thusly, he suggests Andrew Friedman wait for a better job than the Astros if he is going to jump ship…One thing Rosenthal doesn’t get is: Friedman will never leave the Rays for a huge TV market (LA, NYC, Chicago). He is a private guy that even stuggles with the Bay Area media. He wants nothing to do with a big media market. [Video]
- As streaky as Carlos Pena was, we did see those occasional months when he could carry a team all by himself. He is close to that right now with Cubbies. [MLB]
- Will the Bucs sign Nnamdi Asomugha? [Joe Bucs Fan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- DURHAM 12, Louisville 6: Alex Torres struggled with his control, walking 5 in just 5 innings. He gave up 5 hits and 5 runs, striking out 7…Jake McGee, who is still struggling with his velocity, gave up 3 hits, but kept the Bats scoreless in 1.2 innings. He did not strike out a batter…RF Desmond Jennings was 3-5 with 2 doubles and his 6th home run…For the second time this week, 1B Leslie Anderson homered twice. He drove in 6...C Robinson Chirinos was 2-4 with a double.
- MONTGOMERY 6, Huntsville 0: Nick Barnese tossed 5 shutout innings, striking out 3…SS Tim Beckham was 1-5 with an RBI…2B Shawn O’Malley was 3-5 with a double and a triple…LF Stephen Vogt had a single and a double, driving in 2.
- CHARLOTTE 4, Clearwater 0: Kyle Lobstein put together his strongest outing of the year striking out 9 in 7 shutout innings. He allowed just 1 hits and 3 walks…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 0-4…2B Tyler Bortnick went 1-3 with a walk.
- BOWLING GREEN 5, West Virginia 4: Victor Mateo picked up the win, but gave up 4 runs (2 earned) in 5 innings…SS Derek Dietrich was 1-4 with a double and an RBI.
Wade Davis (via TampaBay.com)