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

Mets 9, RAYS 1 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Knuckleballs. Knuckleballs are to your wrist what sliders are to your elbow. That is why it is so rare for pitchers to throw knuckleballs as a secondary pitch. But for the rare pitcher that masters the knuckle, it is a thing of beauty, even if it nearly no-hit the Rays last night…Broadcast Auction. Last night was the sixth annual broadcast auction and the Rays raised an estimated $78,000. Although many people had a chuckle at how much money was being paid for hitting lessons from Carlos Pena (we don’t recall the final bid).

THE BAD: One Hit? The official boxscore says RA Dickey threw a one-hitter. It was the first time the Rays were one-hit since last July. But it was the 8th time they have had one hit or less since the start of the 2010 season. And one could easily make a case that it should have been a no-hitter as the lone hit came on a BJ Upton single in the first inning that was misplayed by David Wright.

THE TELLING: The Rays swung at 63 knuckleballs and missed 22…Ben Zobrist was out of the lineup again.. However, this time it was reported that he was “ill”…Luke Scott was again not in the lineup. He is battling a sore back…The Rays are now 1.5 games behind the Yankees, and one-half game behind the Orioles.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • We have a couple of examples of RA Dickey’s knuckler below.
  • Here is the Rays lone hit. Should this have been a no-hitter? [BI Sports]
  • The Rays 5th-round draft pick is the highest to sign so far. [RaysProspects]
  • The New York Times spoke with St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster about the Rays and the stadium situation. [NYTimes]
  • Here is Noah Pransky’s response. [Shadow of the Stadium]
  • More sights and sounds from Bucs minicamp. [JoeBucsFan]

DOWN ON THE FARM

DURHAM. no games scheduled

MONTGOMERY 6, Huntsville 3. SS Hak-Ju Lee was 1-5. He’s hitting .240..2B Tyler Bortnick was 1-3 with his 16th stolen base.

Jupiter 2, CHARLOTTE 1. Albert Suarez tossed 7 shutout innings, giving up just 5 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 4…CF Mikie Mahtook went 2-4. He’s hitting .277.

West Michigan 4, BOWLING GREEN 2. Andrew Bellatti made his first start of the year, giving up 4 runs in 3 innings, striking out 3…RF Drew Vettleson was 2-5 and LF Josh Sale went 2-4…1B Jeff Malm had 3 hits including his 6th home run.

RA Dickey’s knuckler doesn’t dance as much as most knuckleball pitchers because he throws it harder than most. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t effective. Notice the side-spin. Most knuckleballs tumble with a bit of top-spin (if any) causing the ball to dip…

And here is Will Rhymes taking one that not only fooled him, but also the catcher…

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  1. s says:

    DEREK SHELTON HAS TO GO. we were a questionable call away from being no hit AGAIN. how many no-hitters since shelton, how many 1 hitters since shelton, some of the worst batting avg in rays history. give me a break, he's not a scapegoat, he's a huge part of the problem.

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  2. Raysfan137 says:

    Not so fast..... It may not be a NEAR no hitter. Mets appealing the hit. I'm thinking of starting a site to take donations to buy out Shelton's contract.

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  3. beazy says:

    There might of been others, but the Rays are 2 missed fielded hits by the 3rd basemen from 2 weak hits up the 3rd baseline, the 1 last night, and 1 last season by J.Beckett for a 1 hitter...

    Aha, Joe, can yenz write an article about how our Rays (might?) be the most no-hit team in the Majors, or near no-hit, or least hit over a span of ?, I know it's not an article yenz would like to write, but interesting, especially with having the best team in that same span of ?, thanks...

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  4. s says:

    for all of you "it's more that just shelton" fans, i ask you this.

    do you think he's actually helping?

    we have options.
    1. get in more proven bats. that costs huge money and is a huge risk. in the long run it hurts our team if they can't contribute on the field.

    2. get rid of shelton. cheap solution and one could easily make the case that he's contibuted NOTHING to this team.

    so do we spend money/make trades for players that we hope will work out or do we cut ties with a "hitting" coach that has led us to two of the worst hitting seasons in our history? this is the same hitting coach that was fired from the cleveland indians. does it take a lot of logic to figure that one out?

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  5. dan r says:

    Well, first of all, I am old school. . what ever happened keeping your hands back, and shortening your swing??? I know, MAJOR league players got there because they know how to play the game. . . well nuff said. .

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  6. Jon says:

    Really need Longo,and Keppinger back.

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