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: Jokes. Evan Longoria, BJ Upton, David Price, and JP Howell walked into a bar. No it’s ok. In the joke, it is October and the Rays season is over.
THE BAD: Time of Death, July 20. That’s it. Hey, we know there are some of you that are still holding out hope. The Rays do play their next 20 games (after today) against the Mariners, Royals, Jays and A’s. But you know they will only win just enough of those games (12?) to tease us. But this team is not competing this year. And hey, we knew they needed a miracle. And they needed help. They needed either the Yankees or the Red Sox to fall on their face. Neither happened. And now? Let the firesale begin. BJ Upton? Gone. James Shields? Good chance he is gone (you really think the Rays are going to a 6-man rotation? Shields and Price HATE extra rest). Johnny Damon? Probably Gone. Kyle Farnsworth? Gone. But hey, the Rays will get 20 more super-duper prospects that might play for the Rays in 2-3 years.
THE TELLING: After the Yankees stole 10 straight bases in the series against Robinson Chirinos, he finally nailed one in the 8th inning…Casey Kotchman is second in the AL in hitting (.337).
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- This article by Tim Kurkjian will make you feel a little better. A little. [ESPN]
- Wade Davis will be back in the rotation on Friday. However, Alex Cobb will remain in the rotation and start Sunday. Joe Maddon said he may stick with a 6-man rotation for a while.
- James Shields does not want to be traded. [TampaBay.com]
- Ken Rosenthal thinks it is more likely that James Shields is traded this off-season. [Fox Sports]
- The national media is starting to pay attention to Matt Moore. [USA Today]
- Now we know why Justin Ruggiano faked out the fans in left field on the final out Tuesday. [TampaBay.com]
- I usually just ignore these, but this one is too sad to pass up. I made a statistical argument about sample sizes, blah, blah, blah. Jason Collette of DraysBay responded by making what appears to be a very unoriginal Down Syndrome joke at my expense. Those silly kids. And now I remember why I stopped reading that site. The constant personal attacks are disturbing. [Twitter]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- DURHAM 7, Rochester 6: Matt Torra gave up 3 runs in 5.1 innings…2B Felipe Lopez hit a grand slam, his 6th home run of the year…LF Russ Canzler and RF Leslie Anderson also homered. It was Anderson’s 12th.
- Jackson 5, MONTGOMERY 1: Chris Archer walked 7 in 5.1 innings, and somehow only gave up 2 runs…1B Henry Wrigley had a pair of doubles.
- Lakeland 11, CHARLOTTE 0: Alex Koronis struck out 7 in 5 innings, but gave up 4 runs (2 earned)…The Stone Crabs managed just 6 hits. SS Hak-Ju Lee had 2 of those. He is hitting .329.
- BOWLING GREEN 7, Burlington 1: George Jensen allowed 1 run in 6 innings. He struck out 6 and walked 4…SS Derek Dietrich (12) and 1B Phil Wunderlich (12) homered.
- HUDSON VALLEY 5, Staten Island 4:
- PRINCETON 5, Johnson City 3: Jeff Ames, taken #41 overall in this year’s draft, tossed 5 no-hit innings. He walked 1 and struck out 6…1B Cameron Seitzer was 1-4 with a double…SS Ryan Brett stole his 9th base in 25 games.