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: Matt Moore. No, he wasn’t good. The last 3 batters he faced got hits, including a death-inducing home run from Matt Wieters. But before that we got our first look at why this kid is special. He was consistently 96-98 with his fastball. And he does it with ease. Whatever the opposite of “max effort” is, that’s Matt Moore.
THE BAD: Not in the Cards. Playoff teams don’t lose 2 of 3 to the Orioles in September. And good teams don’t go 9-9 against the Orioles on the season. If the Rays are just 11-7 against the O’s this year, there would be a serious playoff push going on.
THE TELLING: Sam Fuld, who was starting in place of Desmond Jennings, left the game in the 5th with a wrist injury…The Rays have promoted Dan Johnson and Alex Torres. To make room on the 40-man roster, they have released Jay Buente.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- According to Alex Cobb, he is “a little ahead of schedule” on his rehab. [TCPalm]
- The 2012 schedule has been released. [TBO.com]
- For a team that has always said it is a priority to be strong up the middle (C, 2B, SS, CF), they sure have a problem finding a decent catcher or shortstop. [The King David Show]
- All Joe Maddon does is win. [TampaBay.com]
- MLB Trade Rumors calls the Casey Kotchman signing the second best minor league deal of this past off-season. He might have been first if had received stem cell treatments. [MLBTR]