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.

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  1. Dave L says:

    Another series against a club who's lineup includes batters who position for position are better hitters than ours at virtually every slot. And on a hot streak as a team to boot.

    Actually I was overall pleased with our pitching starting and relief we (shields) only allowed the 1 big inning the entire series. And we 'held' them to 14 runs in three games and lost 2 - 1 run games.

    But when our fielding is just not good and we get no clutch hitting late in the games we get swept.

    Our big lefty bats returned against this "more hittable" lefty and produced, but not enough to win.

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  2. KillaTapes says:

    Not much to talk about on the big league club, but I'm really excited to see that Mikie Mahtook is starting to tear it up. This kid could be very special, and exciting to watch!

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  3. Dave L says:

    Don your arguements feel good i am sure and they were the conventional wisdom for decades, hell a century.

    Unfortunately the stats (i.e. reality not 'feels like') dont support you.

    Maddons teams almost always score more runs than their teams batting average would indicate.

    This year is no different. Rays 12th in batting average and 10th in runs scored. This is aided in part by being #2 in walks

    Your traditional managers who manage how you would prefer, set lineups- legs crossed like Cito Gaston on the bench like Leyland and Girardi win in spite of their managing.

    Tigers 2012- 4th in batting average but 9th in runs scored
    Yanks 2012 - 3rd in batting average but 5th in runs scored

    When you have a bench full of great hitters let them swing.
    When you have what the Rays have.... well you have to juggle things to get an edge here and there and take your walks(2nd in AL).

    If in 4+ years of watching Maddon ball win, you haven't learned that it works and being tied for first June 1 with all these injuries makes your daily Rays glass once again half-full, well put your blinders on, dial up 1972 on your baseball calender and grind your teeth for the rest of the season cause it aint gonna change.

    And thank you to our revolutionary, yes thats what I said coaching staff for that.

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    • KillaTapes says:

      Couldn't have said it better. How this team is still at the top despite all the major players being injured is a true testament to how well Maddon and his staff manages.

      You want snow? Settle for a snow globe. But you still have to shake it up to get results.

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    • Rob says:

      Don reminds me of the guy who wants the country to fail just to prove his party affiliation is better than the other guy's.

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      • Beth says:

        Bingo! I also think he's the type of fan who feels he can protect himself from disappointment by continually badmouthing his team. Then if they lose, the thrill of saying "I told you so!" can take away some of the sting of defeat.

        While I can appreciate the urge, however, such folks are pretty frigging annoying to be around. They also destroy whatever comfort the rest of us might take from having a community with which to commiserate after a painful loss. The fact that Don is a semi-literate know-it-all who lacks originality only makes it more painful.

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  4. Jason C says:

    The problem with your point Don, is that the manager you are loving is Buck Showalter. What was the defining moment of last years orioles? Oh yea, winning the last game of the year so another team, the Rays, could get into the playoffs. They were horrible. Now, they are riding a wave of unsustainability, have nearly zero injuries and still are able to just be tied with the Rays who have their starting 3b, starting LF, Closer, starting pitcher and numerous role players on the DL. Are the Rays tied for 1st with Buck at the helm? I can almost guarantee they wouldnt be.

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  5. Jason C says:

    By all means, Don, go be a fan of the fighting showalters over in baltimore.

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  6. Rob says:

    Nobody is saying that some criticism isn't warranted or shouldn't be debated, but your take always leans toward criticism, win or lose. There is no balance in your point of view.

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