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: Joe Maddon. He can finally get that haircut…Attendance. The Rays had better attendance in October than 22 teams, including the Red Sox.
THE BAD: Swiss Cheese Lineup. There are holes all over the place. The biggest problem with the Rays lineup is the lack of depth. They have enough talent at the top of the order to carry the offense when they are doing well. But on those occasions when the heart of the order is struggling — you know, like games 3 and 4, where the 2-3-4 hitters went 1-20 — there is not enough talent in the rest of the lineup to pick up the slack. The Rays don’t need a big bat in free agency. They just need two or three bats that are league average at their position or a little better to fill in the bottom of the lineup…Evan Longoria. Dirtbag picked a hell of a time to wet his pants. In games 3 and 4 combined, Longoria went 0-7 with 5 strikeouts.
THE TELLING: Joe Maddon says he expects his entire coaching staff to return in 2012, except possibly Dave Martinez, who may be a manager someplace.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Red Sox owner John Henry: “We got the manager’s search right eight years ago with Tito and Maddon as finalists. We’ll secure a great manager this time as well.” [@John_W_Henry]
- Johnny Damon and BJ Upton say they want to return in 2012. [TampaBay.com]
- John Romano is already worried that people won’t remember the 2011 Rays. [TampaBay.com]
- Josh Hamilton does not remember being teammates with Jeremy Hellickson in 2006. [Rays Report]
Evan Longoria (via TampaBay.com)
Sean Rodriguez (via TampaBay.com)