THE GOOD: Joel Peralta. Don’t get excited. We’ll get to BJ and SuperSam in a moment. But the MVP last night was Peralta. The most important outs are often the ones that come immediately after taking the lead in the game. And after the Rays overcame a 5-1 hole, Joe Maddon turned to Peralta for the 7th and 8th innings. Six batters, six outs. And in the 8th inning he retired Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez…BJ Upton. Sam Fuld got the scoring in the 6th inning started with a 2-run home run that travelled just a little farther than his only other home run this season. But it was BJ Upton that capped the comeback with his 6th home run of the year…Comebacks. Overcoming a deficit is sweet. Overcoming a deficit at home against the Yankees is even better. After Curtis Granderson homered off of David Price in the 5th inning, the Win Expectancy for the Rays was 9.4%. In other words, there was less than a 10% chance of winning the game at that point.
THE BAD: Schedule From Hell. St. Pete for a night game tonight. Two games in Toronto starting tomorrow. Three games in Miami starting Friday. And then three games in Detroit starting Monday before their next off-day. That is over 4,000 miles of travelling in a 6-day stretch…David Price. He seemed a little less angry at Joe Maddon last night when he was pulled from the game with 98 pitches in just 5 innings.
THE TELLING: Joe Maddon called-off batting practice prior to the game to give the hitters a break…Every hitter in the lineup had a hit except Reid Brignac (of course)…The home run by Curtis Granderson was the first by lefty off of David Price in 320 at bats since June, 2009…Thanks to a rainout in Durham, JP Howell will not rejoin the Rays until Friday…Look for Andy Sonnanstine to start again on Friday…Bobby Valentine mentioned on “Baseball Tonight” that “nobody in the [Yankees] clubhouse likes [Rafael Soriano].”
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- David Price loves his fastball. [ESPN]
- Prior to last night, the Rays had not scored more than 5 runs in any of their 22 home games. That was the longest such streak to start a season since 1908. [STATS]
- Hey look. Somebody has the Rays atop their Power Rankings. We’re not even sure we would do that. [Chicago Tribune]
- Rule 5 pick Aneury Rodriguez continues to struggle in the Astros rotation. We only mention this because he must stay in the big leagues all year or be offered back to the Rays. [Chron.com]
- AAA pitcher Richard de los Santos appears to be done for the year. [IndyWeek.com]
- One-time prospect Cody Cipriano has been released by the Rays. [Biscuit Crumbs]
- Has anybody else noticed this about the camera angles on flyballs at the Trop? [Tom Jones' 2¥]
- Wait. Some people actually think the Evan Longoria bare-handed catch video is real? [Mashable]
- No “Hard Knocks” for the Bucs. We have mixed feelings about this. We really wanted to see it. But we also didn’t want the scrutiny that would have come from everybody else watching it. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- DURHAM @ Syracuse gm. 1: postponed
- DURHAM @ Syracuse gm. 2 : postponed
- MONTGOMERY 6, Birmingham 4 (11): Chris Archer, in his first start with his new short haircut, gave up 3 runs in 5 innings on 8 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 7…
- Lakeland 7, CHARLOTTE 2: Drew Leary struck out 6 and walked 1, but gave up 4 runs (3 earned) in 4.2 innings…CF Chris Murrill had 3 of the Stone Crabs’ 5 hits…SS Hak-Ju Lee was 1-3 with a walk.
- BOWLING GREEN: no games scheduled.
BJ Upton (via TampaBay.com)