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: David Price. For 7 innings, it was the dominating Price that we all love. He retired 23 of the first 26 batters he faced not running into trouble until 2 outs in the 8th. And then, a double-steal off of John Jaso led to 2 runs on a weak single by Elvis Andrus. A loss. But not one that was Price’s fault.
THE BAD: Running Wild…JJ Dyn-O-Mite went 0-4 and is now hitting .220 with a .280 OBP. That’s a little better than Kelly Shoppach. But at least Shoppach offers some defense. Jaso can’t even do that. Besides his overly mechanical mechanics, He can’t throw. His release looks quick enough. But there is no accuracy and no strength. And yesterday the Rangers stole 5 bases, including 2 double-steals in the 2-run 8th inning. He has now allowed 32 steals in 30 starts…Running Dumb. Ladies and gentlemen, can Ben Zobrist please have your attention. He’s just been handed an urgent and horrifying news story. He needs all of you to stop what you’re doing and watch. CANNONBALL!!
THE TELLING: Casey Kotchman could return to the lineup on Saturday...Evan Longoria is currently 3rd in the first release of All-Star voting results…Five of the Rays’ next 7 games start at 10:00 pm eastern time.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Rays went grunge for their roadtrip to Seattle. [TampaBay.com]
- Eric Karabell takes a look at Matt Joyce’s hot start. [ESPN]
- Here is a list of college pitchers that ascended to the big leagues quickly, including David Price. [ESPN]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- DURHAM 5, Columbus 4: Chris Bootcheck struck out 6 and walked just 1 in 6.1 innings. He allowed 3 runs on 3 hits…CF Desmond Jennings was 2-4 with a walk. He was also caught stealing for the first time this season after 9-straight successful attempts…RF Brandon Guyer was 2-4 with a double, 2 RBI and his seventh steal. He is hitting .319.
- Jackson 7, MONTGOMERY 3: Chris Archer dropped to 1-3 with a 5.98 ERA after giving up 7 runs (4 earned) in 5 innings. Two of the 9 hits he gave up were home runs…SS Tim Beckham did not play.
- Daytona 10, CHARLOTTE 3: Jake Thompson allowed 4 runs in 4 innings, but only 1 was earned. He struck out 2…SS Hak-Ju Lee was 0-3 but drew 2 walks. He also committed his 12th error.
- BOWLING GREEN 8, Wisconsin 6: Enny Romero allowed 3 runs (1 earned) in 5 innings on 5 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 3…DH Derek Dietrich was 1-3 with 2 walks…LF Cody Rogers had 2 hits including his 9th home run. He also stole his 12th base.
Joe Maddon (via TampaBay.com)
Take Ben Zobrist to school