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: Merciful. Walk softly and carry an armored tank division. That’s what the Red Sox and Yankees say. The Rays? They’ve got a lineup that features 4 guys hitting under .250. But hey, most nights the pitching will make sure the Rays only lose 4-2.
THE BAD: Gotta crawl before. Hey CJ Wilson, Joe Maddon runs his unit how he runs his unit. You want to beat the Rays? Roll the dice and take your chances. 36 times a year, they sit in a dugout 50 yards from 25 Yankees or Red Sox who are trained to destroy the Rays. So don’t think for one second that you can stand on that mound, flash a slider, and make them nervous. What? No baserunners through 5 innings? Nevermind…Jeff Niemann. Trade him, he’s a bum. Wait. On Second thought, let’s not trade him just yet. And now we’re thinking, that your suggestion of trading Niemann, while expeditious and certainly painless, might not be, in a matter of speaking, the Rays way. Niemann stays where he is. We’re gonna maximize the value of the lad! Or something…BJ Upton. 0-4. 3 more strikeouts and he is now 5th in the AL in Ks with 135. Why does BJ strikeout so much? Our answer is we don’t have the first damn clue. Maybe he was an early swinger and likes to swing before the pitch reaches him. And maybe there weren’t any pitches that he liked. We’re educated men, but we’re afraid we can’t speak intelligently about the swinging habits of Melvin Upton. What we do know is that he takes a lot of strikes, and swings and misses at many more.
THE TELLING: The Rays Elimination number is now 19…Brandon Guyer was in the lineup and went 0-2 before being lifted for a pinch-hitter…Jose Lobaton will join the Rays today or tomorrow…
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Here is video of the five longest home runs hit this season. An Upton makes an appearance, just not our Upton. [Business Insider]
- If you missed the broadcast earlier this week, you will want to check out this pic of Brian Anderson. [Cowbell Clankers]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Charlotte 2, DURHAM 0: Chris Archer had one of his better starts of the year, throwing 7 shutout innings. He gave up 8 hits, but only walked 1, and struck out 6…SS Tim Beckham went 1-3 with a walk.
- Chattanooga 8, MONTGOMERY 3: Jim Paduch gave up 8 runs on 13 hits and 2 walks in just 5.2 innings…SS Hak-Ju Leewent 1-5 with a strikeout…1B Henry Wrigley homered, his 17th.
- CHARLOTTE 0, Bradenton 0 (2): (suspended)
- BOWLING GREEN 7, Dayton 5: SS Derek Dietrich had 2 hits including a double…C Keith Castillo (5) and 3B Taylor Motter (1) homered for the Hot Rods.
- Connecticut 5, HUDSON VALLEY 1: CF Brian Bryles was 2-4 with a pair of doubles and a walk.
- PRINCETON: (season over)