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: One Down. Unlike last weekend, the Rays don’t have to sweep the Sox. Win 3 out of 4 and get within 2 with 10 to play is nice position to be in. By getting game 1, there is less pressure today. And in fact, there is a growing pressure on the Red Sox. The Rays have now won six in a row against the Sox, and they have done it in dominating fashion, outscoring the Sox 41-12 in those 6 games…Bossman. This is not even an exaggeration. We haven’t seen BJ Upton hit the ball as consistently hard as he is hitting the ball right now. His home run was a moon shot over the monster in the deep park of the field. And that might not have been hit as hard as the line drive he hit that was never more than 15 feet off the ground but still almost went over Carl Crawford’s head. Let’s just hope this lasts a couple of more weeks…Dirtbag. Evan Longoria is starting to gain a reputation as not just a big-time player, but as a guy that brings it when it matters the most. His 3-run home run in the 3rd inning was of the exhale variety. Everybody, fans and players, are a little uptight in a big series. And his jack allowed everybody to exhale and relax just a little…Alex Torres. Torres pitched the 9th inning giving up 1 run and striking out 2. He also walked a batter on 4 pitches which sums up Torres perfectly. Nasty stuff, occasional lapses in control. What is good is that this guy would be in the rotation for half the teams in baseball, but with the Rays he is #8 on the depth chart.
THE BAD: Livers. We have three more games of this?
THE TELLING: Don’t forget. This is not a 2-team race. The Angels are just 1 game behind the Rays…No doubt you guys have noticed, we don’t ever use the nickname “Big Game” for James Shields. But we will gladly use it tomorrow if he shows us something tonight.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Apparently The Ripper from “Last Action Hero” was at Fenway Park last night. [IMAGE]
- Pricey being Pricey. [VIDEO]
- Kyle Farnsworth is the 12th “Meanest Player” in baseball according to SI.com. [SI.com]
- The logo for this roofing company looks familiar. We can’t quite place it. Do you guys know? [TruRoof.net]
- We think it is safe to say that LaGarrette Blount will see the ball more this Sunday. [JoeBucsFan]