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: Closer. The Red Sox and Orioles split their double-header yesterday, so the standings still say that the Rays are trailing by 2 games in the Wild Card race. But more importantly, the Rays now only trail by 1 game in the all-important loss column. Remember, a team can make up wins. They cannot make up losses.
THE BAD: The Oops Factor. What if the Rays come up a game or two short? Will we applaud their ability to just be competitive enough to make the Red Sox sweat? Or will we remember that Andy Sonnanstine made four starts for the Rays this season and the Rays were 0-4 in those starts? Or will we remember that big league-ready Desmond Jennings languished in the minor leagues for 1,000 at bats while the Rays continued to start Sam Fuld, even though there was nothing in Fuld’s past that suggested he could keep up his early pace for an entire season?
THE TELLING: The Rays are 20-11 in games started by James Shields this season…The Rays have yet to decide on a starting pitcher for Saturday’s game against the Blue Jays.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Another one of Fenway’s quirks may have cost them the first game of yesterday’s double-header. Where is the outrage? [Big League Stew]
- Wade Davis is excited to make today’s start in Replica Yankee Stadium. [TampaBay.com]
- John Romano explores how the Rays have been able to close the gap on the Red Sox. [TampaBay.com]
- Marc Topkin takes a look at how the Rays have approached this pennant race with a “light-hearted approach.” [TampaBay.com]
- Carl Crawford is worried about the “haters” at the Trop? What about the Red Sox fans that already want him traded? (thanks Rg) [Boston.com]
- Back in the preseason, one Boston newspaper declared this Red Sox team the “best team ever!” [@hawthe]
- Mark Simon breaks down James Shields’ season. [ESPN]