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: JoeMa. Sometime in May of next season, Joe Maddon will win his 518th game as manager of the Rays. That will give him exactly half of all wins in franchise history. Maddon will accomplish this in a little over 6 seasons as manager and in the 15th season in team history.
THE BAD: (the Bad is taking the day off)
THE TELLING: The Rays now trail the Red Sox by 6.5 games in the Wild Card. More importantly, they only trail by 6 in the loss column. Even with a sweep this weekend, Rays will still need a miracle. But consider our eyebrow raised until the Rays lose a game…Jose Lobaton is expected to be able to catch tonight…With 1 more HR from BJ Upton, he and Justin Upton will be first siblings to go 20-20 (HR and SB) in same season.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Paul Sullivan ranks Andrew Friedman as the top candidate in his “power ranking” of Cubs GM candidates. [Chicago Cubs]
- Marc Topkin spoke with some players about what this series against the Red Sox means. [TampaBay.com]
- John Romano says we shouldn’t get our hopes up. [TampaBay.com]
- Are the Bucs a 7-9 team? We get the feeling that nobody would be surprised if the Bucs went 10-6 or if they went 6-10. [Joe Bucs Fan]
- Here is a look at the Rays all-levels franchise records and this season’s leaders. [Rays Prospects]
- Two Rangers fans were kind enough to return the game-winning home run ball that marked the Rays 1,000th win. [TampaBay.com]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
- Columbus 8, DURHAM 3: (Durham trails 2-0 in best-of-5) Chris Archer struck out 11 in 5.2 innings, but he also gave up 5 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks including a big 2-out, 2-run home run in the 3-run first inning…The Bulls only managed 2 runs off of former #Rays pitcher Mitch Talbot…SS Tim Beckham was 1-4 with a walk…3B Dan Johnson had 2 singles and a pair of RBI.
- Fort Wayne 6, BOWLING GREEN 3: (Bowling Green trails 1-0 in best-of-3) George Jensen gave up 3 runs in 5 innings…1B Phil Wunderlich was 3-4 with a double and drove in 2.