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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: Jeremy Hellickson. Hellboy did not allow a hit until the 5th innings, retiring 15 of the first 16 he faced. You do have to wonder why Joe Maddon kept Hellickson in the game in the 8th inning when the team is apparently already concerned about his workload this season. The score was 8-0 and Hellickson had already thrown  106 pitches…Desmond Jennings. The boxscore says Jennings went 0-4. But he single-handedly gave the Rays an early lead with his work in the first inning. It started by reaching on an error, a questionable call on a tough grounder. He then stole second, and then moved to third on the catcher’s errant throw. And then on a sharp grounder to third, Jennings broke home on contact and slid around the tag.

THE BAD: BJ Upton. Bases loaded with one out in the 3rd inning, Upton on first. Casey Kotchman hit an easy line drive to Ichiro in right field, and for some reason, Upton broke for second and was easily doubled-off to end the inning…Sam Fuld. Super Sammy went 0-5 and is now hitting .213 since the end of April.

THE TELLING: The Rays are 8.5 games behind the Yankees in the Wild Card race, and just 1.5 games ahead of the Blue Jays…Juan Cruz began a rehab assignment on Saturday night with single-A Charlotte.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • BJ Upton called the past two weeks “the most nerve-wracking” he’s ever had. [Rays Report]
  • Other AL East teams were busy at the deadline. The Rays made just one trade, and that was a minor leaguer for cash. [MLBTR]
  • St. Pete’s city council elections could have an impact on how the city handles the Rays. [TampaBay.com]

DOWN ON THE FARM

  • DURHAM 3, Charlotte 2: Matt Torra allowed 2 runs 4.2 innings…SS Reid Brignac went 1-4 with a double…C Stephen Vogt went 1-4 with a double. He is 3-8 in his first 2 triple-A games.
  • Jacksonville 3, MONTGOMERY 2: SS Tim Beckham was 0-4 with a walk and his 12 steal.
  • CHARLOTTE 7, Tampa 0: Jake Thompsonthrew 8 shutout innings, striking out 7 and walking just 1…SS Hak-Ju Lee was 1-4 with a walk and his 27th steal…CF Ty Morrison went 3-5 with a triple, and DH Tyler Bortnick had 2 hits and a walk.
  • BOWLING GREEN 3, Dayton 1: Wilking Rodriguez tossed 4 shutout innings. He struck out 5 and walked none…3B Julio Cedeno hit his 5th home run…SS Derek Dietrich went 0-3 with a walk.
  • Williamsport 3, HUDSON VALLEY 2: LF Craige Lyerly hit his 3rd home run.
  • PRINCETON 6, Greeneville 1: RF Drew Vettleson went 3-4 with a walk and a double. He is hitting .343…LF Josh Sale went 0-5 and is hitting .208.

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12 Comments

  1. Don says:

    WHen are they going to come up with a multi year contract for Kotch, without him, MVP Zobrist, maybe Damon, and the new kid this team would be lost….
    With their pitching and those 3 hitters they have a start for 2012, everyone else is expendable ( yes thats right.. even Longo, he’s no Mickey Mantle .. can’t hit .300 & 600 hrs drunk/hungover)

  2. Hal says:

    I know this is stupid, but….6 of the last 9 games of the year are against the Yankees (3 at NY, then 3 home with Toronto, then 3 at home against NY). Could be at least exciting if we get within 5 of the Yanks by the end of September.

    I have a feeling we’re about to go on a little run with the trade deadline passed and the team still intact. Get it to 3 and let’s see.

  3. JP says:

    Just another example of BJ not using his head. This guy has so much talent that he let’s go to waste because of how incredibly stupid he can be. If he would just use his brain a little bit, he would be so much better.

    • JP says:

      If BJ had the baseball IQ of Zobrist, he would be the best center fielder with his physical abilities..period. He probably irks so many players that have baseball smarts and wish they were as athletic as him. Kind of a waste. I would love to see him play up to his abilities, but I’m afraid we will only be shown flashes of brilliance 10 percent of the time, leaving us always wanting more. This is what’s so frustrating with BJ.

  4. Beth says:

    So now that the monkey is off his back, will BJ return to playing baseball, please?

    • Don says:

      Retun to what?..his .240 BA and 2 mental mistakes a game…
      Well that would be a big help!

      • Alex says:

        That’s the first time you’ve ever made me laugh. Well done.

        Seriously when has BJ ever had a monkey on his back. All he’s done his whole career is be a massive disappointment. I’m sure when he gets traded he’ll hit .300 w/ 20hr and 40 sb but it wont happen here

        • Sarah says:

          I think Beth was referring the fact that he claimed to be distracted by all the trade rumors. That monkey. So now is that he knows he doesn’t have to go house hunting in Atlanta, perhaps he can show us what kind of a player he can be. At this point, just reaching his career average (.255 when I last checked) would be an achievement.

  5. Gus says:

    What has kept BJ in the lineup for the past 3 years has been his defense. Now with Des on the roster, it will be interesting to see if he can lose his job with an equal defender in the wings. That would be one way to keep his arbitration number down next year — lose his job. Seems like Fuld has been getting into the lineup by hook or by crook since Desmond was called up (I’d prefer Guyer once he’e healthy).

    Is the fact that Upton’s trade value is so low that the Rays couldn’t draw much interest in him resolve the “Upton is secretly a great player argument”? I’m sure it won’t in the eyes of the true believers. But to me, that spoke volumes. 27 year old CF with post-season experience and one more year of team control isn’t worth pursuing. Wow.

    S-Rod seems to be responding to the everyday SS job as suggested in this space 10 days ago. Not sure if it will last, but worth a shot. Zobrist at 2b makes the offense so much better.

  6. ALLEN says:

    Everybody——–cut down the strike outs. Put some wood on the ball. The Rays lead their division————-in strikouts!!!!

  7. Andy says:

    Concern about Hellboy’s innings has lessened b/c there’s minimal chance he’ll be needed in the postseason.

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