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: Big Dub. Who would have guessed Wade Davis would pitch 8 innings? Honestly, we would have been happy if he last 5 innings. Instead, he dominated the Jays, giving up just 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. A big game when the Rays needed one from the back of their rotation…Big Pop. The Rays who have struggled with the bats recently scored all 5 of their runs via the home run. BJ Upton and Ben Zobrist got the Rays off to a good start with solo home runs in the first. Zobrist’s was of the inside-the-park variety as Jose Bautista hurt his knee going for the catch at the wall. Later Evan Longoria and Kelly Shoppach hit home runs off the catwalks.
THE BAD: Missed Opportunity. With the Rays trailing the Red Sox by just a half-game last night, the Yankees had several opportunities to win the second game of their double-header. A Yankees win would have left the Rays tied with the Red Sox with 3 to go. But Jacoby Ellsbury buried the Yankees in the 14th inning and the lead is back to 1 game.
THE TELLING: Joe Maddon chose to use Joel Peralta in the 9th inning rather than Kyle Farnsworth who had worked the night before…The Rays hit 4 home runs, but three of them never left the field of play. Weird…On September 2, the Rays had a 0.6 percent chance of making the playoffs. Prior to last night’s Red Sox-Yankees game, it was 21 percent. Now it is 11.5 percent…
RANDOM THOUGHTS: Why do people wear Yankees gear to Tropicana Field if the Yankees aren’t playing?…Let’s ignore Alex Cobb for a minute. Let’s assume one team has Jeff Niemann and Wade Davis and another team has Matt Moore and Alex Torres, and everything else is equal. Which team wins more games in 2012?
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- “Every day is the biggest game of the year.” [The Heater]
- Kyle Farnsworth said he felt good after his first appearance back. [TampaBay.com]
- No “Hangover” yesterday, but we would be remiss if we didn’t give a shout-out to Alex Torres and his huge effort on Saturday night. Wow. [TampaBay.com]
- If the Rays do make the playoffs, nobody in the mainstream media will care. The topic will only be how the Red Sox blew it. [TampaBay.com]
- The Rays called the Mets in June asking about Jose Reyes, but were told he wasn’t available. [Newsday]