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: King David. Is the great Price back? His last two starts were in Replica Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park and he worked a combined 16 innings, giving up just 1 run. And for the second straight start, Price did a masterful job working in his secondary pitches. Only 66 (56.9%) of his 116 pitches were fastballs, and only 3 of those were of the 2-seam variety. He added in 21 changeups and 19 sliders. Only 8 of his sliders were strikes, and none of those were swing-and-misses, but the important thing is that he threw it, and there was another pitch the batters had to keep in the back of their mind…Needed Pop. Home runs from Longoria and Upton were nice. Now if they could just get some ducks on the pond in front of them and start getting some more crooked numbers on the scoreboard, and this team could be pretty good.
THE BAD: Running Out Of Time. We did this in 2008 and 2010, so it is only fair we do it now. To get to 94 wins, the Red Sox only need to go 20-20. The Rays would have to go 28-12, 16-games over .500 in the last 40. The Rays are only 10-games over .500 in the first 122 games. The Rays do have seven games left with the Red Sox which helps. But they will probably have to go at least 5-2 in those seven to even have a shot. There is a pulse. It’s faint, but it is there.
THE TELLING: The Rays are now 8 back in the Wild Card…According to CoolStandings.com, the Rays chances at the playoffs are now up to 3.2%…The Rays made history by becoming the first visiting team to hold the Red Sox to 3 hits or less in 3 consecutive games (via Marc Topkin)…The Rays are 10-4 at Fenway Park the past two seasons.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- We’re beating a dead horse here, but yesterday we showed you a pic that we thought clearly showed Casey Kotchman’s foul ball in Tuesday’s double-header loss was actually a home run. Some thought it was obviously foul (even Joe Maddon thought it was foul). Some thought the image we showed was an optical illusion. Here is a video of the same ball taken from fair territory. It sure looks like the ball passes the foul pole in fair territory. But we’ll let you make the call. [Kotchman Home Run?]
- Ben Zobrist is quietly having a great season. [TampaBay.com]
- RaysProspects has some of the stories behind draft picks that were signed and those that slipped through the Rays fingers. [Rays Prospects]
- Roger Mooney has more tidbits on the Rays double-header complete games from Tuesday. [Rays Report]
- Here is a pic of the David Price and Astro superhero figurines that kids will receive on Sunday. [Picture]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- DURHAM 3, Scranton/WB 2: Matt Moore was pulled after just 4 innings and 84 pitches, but he did strike out 8 and only allowed 1 run on a home run. It was the only hit he gave up. He walked 3…SS Tim Beckham had 2 more hits, going 2-5 with a triple…RF Brandon Guyer was 3-5 and C John Jaso went 2-4 with a double.
- MONTGOMERY 7, Birmingham 1: Chris Archer had one of his best starts of the year, tossing 7 shutout innings. He only allowed 1 hit, but did walk 5 while striking out 4…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 1-5.
- Bradenton 5, CHARLOTTE 0: Jake Thompsonallowed 5 runs (3 earned) in 5 innings…2B Tyler Bortnick went 3-4 with a double. He is hitting .305.
- BOWLING GREEN 3, Lansing 2: Enny Romero struck out 10 in 5 shutout innings. He allowed 2 hits and walked 5…SS Derek Dietrich went 2-4 with his 19th home run.
- State College 2, HUDSON VALLEY 1: Trevor Shull gave up just 1 hit in 5 shutout innings, striking out 6 and walking 1.
- Danville 8, PRINCETON 7 (11): 3B Taylor Motter went 3-6 and is now hitting .333.