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Yankees 4, Rays 2 (gm 1); Yankees 4, Rays 2 (gm 2)

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: Ummm. The Rays had an opportunity to cut the lead to half a game. And we are supposed to come up with something “Good”? You try it.

THE BAD: Carpe Diem Fail. The Red Sox are serving up the Wild Card on a silver platter. They are begging the Rays to take it. The Rays have now lost 5 of their last 8 and are 4-5 on this 11-game road trip. Does that sound like a team making a push for the playoffs?

THE TELLING: The Rays have now scored 2 runs or less in 51 of their 155 games (32.9%). That is 3rd in the AL…Kyle Farnsworth could return Friday…For the second straight season, Rafael Soriano recorded the save to clinch the AL East.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • There will be some free parking for Friday’s game. [TampaBay.com]
  • The Tampa Chamber of Commerce is trying to figure out where money for a new stadium might come from. [TampaBay.com]
  • Marc Topkin explains how Ben Zobrist’s daughter got her name. [TampaBay.com]
  • Stadium Journey made a trip to the home ballpark of the Bowling Green Hot Rods. [Stadium Journey]

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20 Comments

  1. CC says:

    This typifies our season. 3 games vs Yankees. 1-20 with runners in scoring position. Lose all three games. Nuff said.

  2. Drew says:

    Honestly can’t say I was surprised by anything that has transpired over the last 3 games, other than K-shop getting a hit.

  3. Blake says:

    What would happen if the Sox, Rays, and Angels all tied for the Wild Card after 162 games?

  4. Sublime says:

    Where to start, these two games have so drained me until I’m going to DVR tonight’s game. Boston has laid the wildcard in your lap and to still not be able to take advantage of it, very frustrating. Oh to have an 8th inning guy like Benoit was last year would be worth its weight in gold!

  5. Don says:

    I was wrong about Zobrist staying away for 3 days..It should have been 4..He would have been better off changing diapers…
    If your feeling bad just think about Sean Rod today, after gettting 2hits one home run..he gets pinched hit for By genius Maddon with Dan Johnson who hasn’t got a mjor league hit in 6 months…I thought he was sent down to the minors BECAUSE he couldn’t hit..I guess MAddon forgot… Did you see the look on Rods face in the dugout..but at least EVERYBODY got to play

  6. werD says:

    JP Howell (game1) vs 3 pitchers 3 walks (game2)

    not sure which is worse…

  7. jim says:

    Once again I’ll ask, why is JP howell put in high pressure situations? If it’s mental, then how is having him fail repeatedly and collapse in anguish on the mound doing anything for his confidence? If it’s physical, then put him on the DL. C’mon Joe, it’s almost like you keep throwing out there to prove the fans wrong and if he does succeed then you look like a genius. Unfortunately, he has failed most of the time and has shown little to no reason to keep putting him in these situations.

    He is on a year to year contract, he has ZERO trade value, so why keep sending him out on the plank? Let’s be honest joe, when has your lefty-right matchup (3 pitchers in an inning) stuff worked? We are successful when our starting pitchers goes 7+ and peralta works an entire inning. We haven’t been successful on many of your pitching matchup situations, simply they haven’t worked out.

    In game 2, mcgee wasn’t hitting his spots, but swish hit a low pitch and drove it. I would gladly have taken 95+mph heat over the crap that joe paraded out there. Does joe maddon deserve manager of the year? No! overmanager of the year? Yes. We can’t hit, we make questionable pitching changes, we parade out lineups with 3 people hitting under .200. joe maddon deserves about 10% the credit, the starting pitching deserves the other 90% for our success this year.
    Lets be honest, give Toronto and cito our starting pitching and they would win close to 95 games, even in the AL east. Do players want to play for maddon, sure, it’s a loose clubhouse. That doesn’t make him a great gameday manager.

    last year we couldn’t hit, especially with RISP. this year we can’t hit, especially with RISP. we’re not going to somehow get 2 or 3 players in the offseason that can hit, and we may lose kotchman. so how is this going to improve if nothing changes? derek shelton has to go. is he 100% of the problem? nope, but something has to change, and a new hitting coach is a start.

  8. jim says:

    jp howell = a left handed andy sonnanstine. hanging curveballs, no location, and a 85 mph fastball. in other words, batting practice.

    • Beth says:

      And the McGee-Cruz-Ramos-Gomes quartet did better?

      • jim says:

        mcgee should have been left in. the pitch that resulted in the double wasn’t bad, and at least he was throwing strikes.

        the joe maddon matchup crap hasn’t worked all year. leave the pitchers alone until you see an real issue. not because of a lefty-righty situation, because at this point in the season there’s a bench full of pinch hitters.

  9. Gus says:

    There is cheap, then there is cheap having one of your best players fly commercial with $6M-$10M post-season on the line and a private jetport 5 miles away from Yankee Stadium.

    Maybe they get something out of him with some VIP treatment.

    Just think if Stu had any of the competitive juices that all of us seem to have, he’d make those small gestures. At some point, the players are going to rebel against the ownership buring their careers out and winning service time championships.

  10. SeanDubbs says:

    If Manny wouldn’t have been Manny and stayed with the team all year would we have made up those 2.5 games we’re currently behind?

  11. Tom says:

    Has Maddon given any information on why he pulled Hellickson after only 96 pitches?

  12. Gus says:

    The refusal to play the DH in July over “Jeter 3000″ weekend forfeited a Hellickson start in advance of the All-Star break v. a shaky Garcia in place of today’s Moore start. The logic that the Rays expanded roster is an advantge against the Yankees (given as the explanation at the time) was expertly refuted by Giardi’s managerial style yesterday, who showed they have way better depth on the bench and the bullpen. Now Moore — whose pinpoint control has not followed him to the majors, which shows me he still has huge nerves — is starting for the season. No pressure son. He may pitch well, but it is too risky.

    The Rays made lost of smart moves this year (Kotchman, bullpen generally, I guess Damon has worked out as a DH), but I’ve been on record in the comments at the time of idiotic moves they made: Jennings fiasco, signing a roid head under double secret probation, and this DH refusal. It was stupid then, and it is stupid now. They won’t be this close every season.

  13. Beth says:

    Honestly, I’m just too heart-broken to even analyze what went wrong yesterday, to think about the fact that by now we’ve let the Angels get back into this, or to contemplate how we ended up with tonight’s game resting on the shoulders of a 22 year old (well, I’m not too heart-broken to note that they are very nice looking shoulders) who really isn’t ready for this, and who is facing, of all things, the Yankee’s line-up.

    Remind me, please — this is just a game. Right?

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