The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
White Sox 4, RAYS 3 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Carlos Pena. We guess Pena is going to remain in the leadoff spot until Desmond Jennings returns late next week. In the meantime, he did homer and walk in yesterday’s game. In 7 games as a leadoff hitter, Pena is 5-27 (.185) with 3 HR and 4 walks. So yeah, not much has changed.
THE BAD: Alex Cobb. Cobb had the plus-changeup going, getting 7 swinging strikes on that pitch out of the 35 times he threw it. But not much else was working. Only 13 of his 30 four-seam fastballs were in the strikezone. And that is the pitch that should be easy to locate. If not, that means the pitcher either has no control, or no confidence in his fastball. And at an average speed of 89 mph, we are guessing the latter. A big right-hander throwing 89 at age 24 is a concern. The changeup will only be affective if there is some semblance of a fastball to keep hitters guessing…AJ PIerzynski. We’ve said it before. We don’t want this guy anywhere near the Rays. And we don’t care how desperate the Rays get for a catcher. Some think our feelings for Piehead would change is he is on our team. You can play dirty and win. You can also use steroids and win. Both are against the rules. And neither are cool. And if the Rays are going to win, we hope they do it clean and without an idiot like Pierzynski.
THE TELLING: The Rays are tied with the Orioles, two games ahead of both the Yankees and the Blue Jays. Every team in the AL East is at least 2 games above .500…Desmond Jennings will begin a rehab assignment tonight with Charlotte (single-A) and move to Durham (triple-A) tomorrow.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Considering what happened earlier this year with Cole Hamels, everybody denied they did anything on purpose. However, Joe Maddon said it was pretty obvious that the Sox threw at Ben Zobrist intentionally. [TampaBay.com]
- Remember when Darren Rovell hosted social media day at The Trop last season and even sang the national anthem? Well, he has now constructed a shrine to that moment. [Twitter]
- We’re big fans of Dallas Clark. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 5, Indianapolis 4 (10). Shane Dyer gave up 4 runs on 3 hits and 5 walks in just 5 innings. He struck out 4, and raised his ERA to 6.60…Brandon Gomes struck out 5 of the 10 batters he faced in relief. He gave up 2 hits, a walk, and no runs…1B Juan Miranda hit his 2nd home run, and LF Jeff Salazar added his 4th…2B Shawn O’Malley had 3 hits and stole his 9th base…RF Leslie Anderson was 1-5 and is hitting .320…SS Reid Brignac went 0-2 with 2 walks.
MONTGOMERY @ Mississippi. (postponed)
Jupiter 6, CHARLOTTE 5. 1B Phil Wunderlich went 3-5 with his 5th home run…SS Derek Dietrich was 0-5 and is now hitting .262…LF Brandon Allen went 1-4 and is now 9-37 (.243) on his rehab assignment…RF Mikie Mahtook had 3 hits including a triple. He is hitting .293.
Lansing 6, BOWLING GREEN 4. CF Todd Glaesmannhit two home runs, his 5th and 6th of the year…DH Josh Sale added his 6th home run and a walk.