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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: 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.
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  1. phil says:

    Where can we get an update on when and where the newly signed draft picks are going to play?

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  2. Sarah says:

    Crooked numbers would be nice, but honestly even if the hitters get hot, this team will be dragged down by its bullpen. Fortunately the starters give us so many quality starts can go long stretches forgetting just how unreliable they are (except for Farnsworth).

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  3. Amanda says:

    I thought Price's arm was about to fall off. Amok amok amok!! (Just kidding! Please don't shoot me! lol) Seriously, though, I think there's some things that have happened to Price this year that statistics just can't account for that can just mess with a guy's mind and affect his performance. First you had the incident in the preseason. (I'm not talking about potentially getting into some hippie lettuce, I mean just the media exposure about the AK-47.) Then you had Maddon pulling him with two outs in the bottom of the 9th. Then you had him giving up Jeter's 3,000th hit in a national broadcast. Then you had him getting tagged by severed bats twice, and several more near misses from these crappy bats. Heck, Ian Beckles just said it as I'm typing this: "There's been some times that David Price has lost his concentration this year." Is it any wonder? He's just had some weird shit happen to him this year. There's just some things that "statistics in a vacuum" can't account for.

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  4. Don says:

    If PRice uses 3/4 pitches and doesn't throw 85% fast balls,he can beat anybody, if he throws all (85%) fast balls he is a .500 pitcher...end of story....

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    • Gus says:

      Things (most of) the Rays Index commentariat has been correct on all season (in some cases, well in front of management):

      1. Price was throwing way too many fast balls. With sliders and changes, he is super-effective.

      2. Jennings should have been up no later than May 1.

      3. The bullpen needed (and still needs) help and would be the downfall of the team (Maddon was with us here).

      4. Brignac was a lost cause this season early on (I was late to this one).

      5. Sean Rod has hope, but Elliot Johnson defies all logic.

      6. Kelly Shoppach is a public menace with his bat throwing.

      Congratulations. There is a wisdom of crowds. We watch the games closer than the Keith Law guys who have to cover 30 teams and just spit out whatever management gives them (or some of the number crunchers, who look at data exclusively and never watch the games). You have to do both. I think most of the folks commenting here do just that.

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      • Beth says:

        1. agree, but still not sure whose decision this is -- management? Pitcher? catcher?
        2. No kidding! I do wonder whether he might at least have been up a few weeks sooner had he not injured his hand. But even then, it was too late.
        3. No kidding again. I suspect management knows this, too; didn't want to spend the money, just hoped somewhere in that pile of inexpensive arms was one Benoit.
        4 and 5 -- absolutely
        6 - what is it with him? does he need better batting gloves?

        one you neglected -- keeping the current crop of so-so relievers and letting Corey Wade go - was there some downside to Wade we couldn't see?

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        • Daredevil says:

          3. Actually one of the reclamation projects did turn out to be another Benoit. Except we let him opt-out of his AAA contract instead of recalling him and demoting Russell, Sonnanstine, or Ramos (who were all later demoted anyway). His name is Cory Wade, and he has pitched great for the Yankees ever since they signed him the day after the Rays let him get away.

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  5. NashVegas Ryan says:

    Any word on why Matt Moore was pulled after 4 innings. Is he hurt? I would like to see him called up in September for a start or 2.

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    • Cork Gaines says:

      His pitch count was already up in the mid-80s so he might have been laboring a bit. Considering we are getting near the end of the season they were probably just being cautious.

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