The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

RAYS 5, Mariners 4 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Joel Peralta. With Ichiro representing the tying run on third with only 1 out in the 8th, Peralta came in and got the first batter to pop up. And then with a little help from Ben Zobrist’s nice running grab, he got out of the jam unscathed. And then, a 1-2-3, 2-strikeout 9th gave Peralta a huge 5-out save…Luke Scott. If the Rays are going to survive offensively without Evan Longoria, they are going to need guys like Luke Scott and Matt Joyce to be hot. And Wolverine came through, with a little help. His flyball in the 6th inning probably should have been an out or a double. Instead, a leaping Michael Saunders had the ball hit off his glove and go over the wall…Jose Molina. Molina ended a 10 at bat hitless streak with a single and a big 2-run double…The Bullpen. In their last 31 innings (10 games), the relief pitchers struck out 39 batters and given up just 5 runs on 21 hits and 5 walks…Bizarro AL East. The current AL East standings: 1) Rays 2) O’s 3) Jays 4) Yankees 5) Red Sox

THE BAD: James Shields. He had too much stuff last night. 10 strikeouts in the first four innings is nice. But it also meant his pitch count was sky-high, and also meant his pitches were overamped. His changeup was 87 when it is typically 84. His fastball was 93-94 when it should be 90-91. The result was 4 walks and 2 home runs…More Injuries. BJ Upton left the game in the 5th inning with tightness in his right quad. Joe Maddon didn’t sound worried, but we would be surprised if he played today.

THE TELLING: Will Rhymes started at third base…The Rays have won 12 of 15 and are now tied with the Rangers and Dodgers with the best record in baseball…According to CoolStandings.com, the Rays currently have a 65.5% shot at making the playoffs.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Click the <Read More…> below for some GIF-goodness.
  • While you were sleeping, Jered Weaver threw a no-hitter. Here are the final two outs. [BI Sports]
  • Don Zimmer has been in the hospital for the past week due to an issue with his kidneys. He is expected to be released today, and will need dialysis and his son said he will be fine. [TampaBay.com]
  • Kyle Farnsworth has no problem with losing the closer’s role if that’s what Joe Maddon wants. [TBO.com]
  • Looks like David Price is getting that itch to hit again. [@RaysGameDay]
  • Somebody stole George Hendrick’s candy! [Cut4]
  • Eric LeGrand already has his helmet. [JoeBucsFan]

DOWN ON THE FARM

DURHAM 7, Louisville 5. Jim Paduch struck out 5 and walked none in 5 shutout innings. He allowed just 2 hits and hit a batter…DH Leslie Anderson went 3-3 with a walk and is now hitting .353…RF Jeff Salazar had 2 hits including his 2nd home run.

Tennessee 9, MONTGOMERY 5. Jacob Thompson was pounded for 8 runs (7 earned) in just 3.2 innings…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 0-5 but did steal his 6th base…DH Kyeong Kang hit his 6th home run.

Bradenton 4, CHARLOTTE 3 (11). Wilking Rodriguez tossed 6 shutout innings, allowing just 2 hits and a walk. He struck out 4…SS Derek Dietrich went 1-4 with a double and his first stolen base…RF Mikie Mahtook went 0-5 but did steal his 5th base…CF Ty Morrison stole his 7th base.

BOWLING GREEN 9, South Bend 3. Jake Floethe picked up his third win, giving up 3 runs in 5.2 innings. He struck out 1 and walked none…CF Drew Vettleson was 0-4 with a walk…2B Ryan Brett went 2-4 including his 2nd home run.

What is going on with fans down the left field line this week? At least this fan gets bonus points for his “Superstar” landing…

Looks like Luke Scott had some fun with Joe Maddon after the game…

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8 Comments

  1. Dave says:

    "Bizzaro AL East?" Did you take time out from fantasizing about another Yankee championship to write that?

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  2. Jay says:

    Luke Scott is quickly becoming one of my favorite Rays.

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    • slacker775 says:

      Luke Scott seems to have a lot of that Jonny Gomes 'just having a good time' kind of feel. And he's driving in runs. Gotta like it.

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  3. Jay says:

    "The current AL East standings: 1) Rays 2) O’s 3) Jays 4) Yankees 5) Red Sox"

    It's funny because it seems like it wasn't that long ago that these standings were 180 degrees different.

    But much credit should be given to each team in the division for figuring out their own way to fight the evil $$ empires.

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  4. Beth says:

    Now that the O's have made it through April in striking distance of first place, I'm curious whether they are for real. Did exchanging Guthrie for Hammel really make that much of a difference? I'm not aware of any other big additions they made.

    I have to say, the idea of an AL East with 5 strong teams is enough to give me an ulcer.

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    • Gus says:

      Much like the Rays showed signs at the end of 2007 (masked by a terrible bullpen), the O's showed signs at the end of 2011. They are an 81 win team if the pitching stays healthy. Not all bad for the Rays, though, as the Yankees and Red Sox fattened up on them as well (moreso than the Rays).

      Last night was the first time all year I can remember the bottom of the order carrying the team. About time.

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