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: Breaking Out. Man, if there was ever a time when the Rays needed an easy win and an offensive outburst, it was last night. This was the kind of game that can get a player feeling good about his swing. Let’s just hope it carries over for a few days. And let’s hope it is not too late…The Double-Nickel. There it was. There was the magic we have all heard about from number 55. In his first big league start, Moore struck out 11 and walked just 1 in 5 innings. And maybe the best part, was the offensive support. Because the Rays scored 13 runs in the first 5 innings, Joe Maddon was able to pull Moore after just 84 pitches…Bossman and Zorilla. If the Rays are going to make the playoffs, they need these two to get hot. And last night was a good start. Combined they went 6-8 with a triple and 2 home runs, driving in 6.
THE BAD: Scrub Relievers. It is not easy to have a 13-0 lead and actually get a little nervous later on. But thanks to Dane de la Rosa giving up 8 hits and 6 runs in just 1.1 innings and Alex Torres giving up 2 runs (1 earned) in 1 inning, that is exactly what happened. And because those two were bleeding runs, Joe Maddon was forced to use three of his regular relievers in the final 2 innings. And now, Joe Cruz, Jake McGee, and Brandon Gomes have worked back-to-back days, which probably leaves their availability for tonight’s game against the Blue Jays in question…Tough To Watch. You would think putting up 15 runs against the Yankees would be fun to watch. But with the ugly taste of the previous two days still lingering, all we could think about was how things would have been different if the Rays got just a couple of those runs in the previous games.
THE TELLING: The Rays trail the Red Sox by 2 games with 6 to go. If the Red Sox go 3-3, the Rays need to go 5-1 just to tie…The Rays magic number to tie is 8…CoolStandings.com gives the Rays a 7.4 percent shot at making the playoffs…Jeff Niemann will start Saturday.
RANDOM THOUGHTS: If the Rays do happen to complete their miracle comeback and make it to the postseason, is there anyway Joe Maddon can keep Matt Moore out of the postseason rotation? Is there any reason to think he is not one of Maddon’s four best pitchers right now?
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Hey, check it out…We won a “Best of the Bay” award. Awesome. [Creative Loafing]
- What if the Rays finish in a 2 or 3-team tie for the Wild Card? Roger Mooney has the tie-breaker scenarios. [Rays Report]
- So now Manny Ramirez wants to play again and is willing to serve his 100-game suspension. Tell us again why he didn’t just serve his suspension and then retire? [ESPN]
- Overcome a 2.5 game deficit with 7 to play? It has been done before. [TampaBay.com]
- Watching Durham Bulls Baseball gives a solid review of each of the top players at triple-A Durham. [WDBB]