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: Matt Joyce. To throw a hissy fit about Joyce not being among the top 3 vote getters among outfielders in the AL seems a bit much. Especially when you admit you never watch the game. And when your own manager doesn’t think you are good enough to start against Zach Britton because he is a rookie left-hander, then why should voters think Joyce is worthy of starting for the AL All-Star team? Let’s face it, if Joyce was voted to start the All-Star game and Maddon happened to be the manager and the NL was starting a lefty, Maddon would probably bench Joyce. But he does lead the AL in hitting (thanks to limited action versus lefties) and after hitting his 10th home run last night, he does deserve a spot on the All-Star bench.
THE BAD: Home Run Derby. The Mariners came into the game with just 29 home runs. That was the lowest total in the AL, 26 fewer than the Rays. 26! And yet, when the HR bug strikes James Shields, it really stings. In 4 innings, he gave up 8 runs (7 earned), on 7 hits including 4 home runs. Game. Over.
THE TELLING: Jeff Niemann will make his first of 3 scheduled rehab starts tonight for single-A Charlotte…Four members of the Charlotte Stone Crabs were named FSL All-Stars, including SS Hak-Ju Lee, 3B Greg Sexton, OF Brett Nommensen, and reliever Josh Satow.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Jeremy Hellickson was named the AL Pitcher and Rookie of the Month after going 4-1 with a 1.36 ERA in May. [The Heater]
- Having grown up in the “grunge” era, the Rays looked more like Lumberjacks. And yes, Johnny Damon is sleeveless…again. [The Heater]
- The Rays fell all the way to no. 14 in this week’s Power Rankings at SI.com. [SI.com]
- ESPN.com takes a look at Rocco Baldelli, the scout. [ESPN.com]
- Here is another look at the Rays upcoming draft bounty. [ESPN.com]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Columbus 2, DURHAM 1 (10): Interestingly, Ryan Reid who at one point was considered a decent strikeout-heavy relief prospect, made his first start since 2006. And it wasn’t just a spot-start. He worked 5 innings, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits and no walks. He struck out 3…Rob Delaneystruggled in 1.2 innings of relief, walking 4, including a bases loaded walk in the 10th…RF Desmond Jennings was 1-3 with a walk and his 10th steal…CF Brandon Guyer went 2-5 with his 8th stolen base…C Robinson Chirinos was 0-4.
- Jackson 5, MONTGOMERY 3: Joe Cruz lasted just 1.2 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks…SS Tim Beckham was 1-3 with an RBI. He also stole his 4th base…DH Henry Wrigley hi his 3rd home run.
- CHARLOTTE 10, Daytona 1: Alex Koronis tossed 6 shutout innings, striking out 6 and walking 2…SS Hak-Ju Lee was 0-3 with 2 walks. He is now 1-20 in the last 5 games…2B Tyler Bortnick went 2-3 with 3 runs.
- Wisconsin 6, BOWLING GREEN 3: Victor Mateo gave up 5 runs in 5.1 innings, striking out 5 and walking 2…Nick Scwaner hit his 5th and 6th home runs of the season, driving in 2 of the Hot Rods’ 3 runs…SS Derek Dietrichwent 0-4 with 3 Ks.
James Shields (via TampaBay.com)