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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: Red Sox Rained Out. So the Rays only lost a half-game. And with the Sox and Yankees forced to play a double-header today, there is a good chance the Sox will lose at least one game.

THE BAD: Must-Win Nosedive. Everybody is talking about the Red Sox nosedive, and yet the Rays are now 4-7 in their last 11. And what do the Rays do when they have a must-win game? They get almost as many errors (2) as hits (3). One day after scoring 800 runs against the Yankees, the Rays can manage just 1 run against the Jays, and that came in the 9th inning when the game was out of reach. Outside of Matt Joyce, who had 2 hits, the Rays were 1-24 with 10 strikeouts. And more importantly, prior to the 9th inning, the Rays were 0-4 with 4 strikeouts with runners in scoring position…David Price. Not his worst outing ever, but he did not deliver the big game the Rays needed. And it was his own 2 throwing errors that led to the Jays scoring their first 3 runs…BJ Upton. We’ll have more on this later. But with the season on the line and trailing 5-0 in the 8th with Evan Longoria at the plate, there is no reason to attempt a stolen base. And there is less reason to get caught…

THE TELLING: The Rays now trail the Red Sox by 2.5 games, but 3 in the loss column with just 5 to go. Their tragic number is now 4. Any combination of 4 Red Sox wins and Rays losses and the Rays are eliminated…Kyle Farnsworth is ready to pitch again, but probably won’t throw his split-finger fastball, as that caused the elbow tenderness.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Big game for the Bucs tomorrow. Be sure to check in with Joe for all the Bucs coverage you need. [Joe Bucs Fan]
  • Huh? The Rays 5-6 roadtrip was “beneficial”? [TBO.com]
  • John Romano says the Rays were unable to overcome their biggest flaw. [TampaBay.com]
  • Dave Cameron argues that Desmond Jennings deserves the Rookie of the Year award, something we argued a couple of weeks ago. [ESPN]
  • Did the Yankees intentionally drive up Carl Crawford’s price for the Red Sox? [NESN]

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9 Comments

  1. CC says:

    The 2 most important things the Rays need this offseason is a real catcher and a new hitting coach.

  2. Sarah says:

    I actually thought Romano’s column today was completely on point. We tend to obsess about these games at the end, when it’s clear what is on the line, but in fact the Rays just don’t have a strong enough line-up to be true contenders. Doesn’t mean they can’t flirt with contention, doesn’t even mean they couldn’t have ended up with the wild card – but that is more due to the collapse of the Red Sox than the success of the Rays. Their line up gives them no margin for error in pitching or fielding. I get that our team will never be able to afford a “murderer’s row”, but can we at least field a line-up with no one hitting under .200 and no more than two regulars under .220?

  3. Caity says:

    Agreed, I still think we have a chance, and you know the Yankees & Orioles would love to knock the Red Sox out of the playoffs. But honestly, we have no room for any more errors these next couple of days. The Rays are running out of chances, and every chance they get, they need to capitalize on them. The Angels lost last night too, and if they played last night. The Red Sox would of lost last night too (even though Lester was on the mound) had the game had not been rained out.

  4. Don says:

    WHy didn’t Romano write an article about the Rays needs/shortcommings in the middle of the season…why is this a new story angle now… after the season is over?
    I wonder if a ML umpires would get fired for punching a Player because If I were an umpire..BJ Upton would be in line to get knocked out…
    Between Him and Maddon crying all the time the Rays have the rep. of being a bunch of cry babies..and the umps will get them back! Watch….

  5. Sublime says:

    True to form, in need of a big win, and the offense comes out and lays an egg. Cork, I see your BJ vid and pointing him in the bad, but what about this Lame Offense? Before the 7th inning they managed what 2 hits? That’s unexusable.

  6. bbmern says:

    I am so sick and tired of Upton’s antics and stupid moves, especially when the game is on the line. While he is a great outfielder, he is the biggest putz on the team. Umps will not put up with him..ever. He’ll never catch a break with them. The Sox have helped in putting us in this exciting finish, but we have to win dammit! When I see Shoppach coming to the plate with that horrific batting average, I wonder how he made it to big leagues. Hard to win with so many players with terrible batting averages. It’s not over yet.

  7. ALLEN says:

    I thought Friday night’s game was a terrific display of professional incompentance. Without Price’s throwing errors the Rays may have gone into the 8th trailing 2-0 and really had a chance.

    On the other hand this lineup couldn’t hit and couldn’t advance any runners against a 4.86 ERA pitcher!!!

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone at the professional level attempt to steal a base and pause near 2nd base to see if the catcher was throwing the ball. Sadly, Upton is stupid and arrogant. He needs to go. Too bad we can’t trade him to the Sox for CC.

    The Rays problems are obvious: catcher, centerfield and shortstop(?), inconsistent or streaky hitting from those who can top .250 and a very weak bench. Pitching is strong but Price needs to control his emotions.

    They probably won’t make it this year, but methinks we’ll see much improvement next year. Players will be a little older. Will Damon be back? Can Jennings go to center and is Guyer ready for the bigs?

  8. Alex says:

    Farnsworth needs to stop throwing that stupid cutter. He hasn’t been getting anyone out with it. The cutter has been a disastrous pitch for everyone on the team other than Jamie and he struggled with it last year. They need to stop throwing that pitch so much or just drop it all together. Davis has had some success but at the same time he gets crushed with it way to often

  9. Jimmy Delach says:

    Need to point out an error. The Red Sox and Yankees will play a doubleheader on Sunday, not Saturday.

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