The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
Mets 11, RAYS 2 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Getting On. We’re digging deep for something positive to say about last night’s game. So there is this. The Rays had runners on base in each of the first 7 innings…Alex Cobb. Joe Maddon was his usual upbeat self after the game saying he thought Cobb looked “really good,” so we’ll take his word for it. Obviously the defense didn’t help, and nor did the bullpen. And there were definitely some good moments in the middle. But it still looked like a shaky outing overall.
THE BAD: The Mets? Number of times the Mets had scored more than 10 runs this season: ZERO…Ike Davis? Number of home runs Ike Davis had hit in previous 81 at bats: ZERO. Times Ike Davis faced JP Howell in previous 81 at bats: ZERO…At Home? In their last 17 games at the Trop, the Rays are 6-11…In the Field? Two more errors. Another unearned run. In 2011, the Rays allowed 37 unearned runs. This year, they have already given up 32, and there are 101 games to go…JP Howell? Enough already. We are tired of defending this guy. He’s done. He needs an extended DL vacation to figure out what is wrong. But a guy that throws 85 can’t miss his spots by TWO FEET (more later). D-O-N-E. Good bye.
THE TELLING: Ben Zobrist is still sore from being hit in the hand with a thrown ball, but x-rays were negative…BJ Upton (not wearing stirrups last night) is hitting .319 in his last 23 games…The Rays are now 35-26, one game behind the Yankees and tied with the Orioles…
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Evan Longoria didn’t pass his running test and will try again on Thursday. Longo needs to be 100% healthy before he can begin a rehab assignment. [TampaBay.com]
- Here is the birthday cake Hideki Matsui received from the Japanese media yesterday. [TBO.com]
- Joe Smith spoke with Wade Davis about his transition to the bullpen. [TampaBay.com]
- Oh FSU baseball fan. What were you thinking? [BI Sports]
- Spitballs are more common in baseball than you might realize. [DirkHayhurst]
- Here are some scenes and sounds from Bucs Minicamp. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Toledo 8, DURHAM 3. Jim Paduch lasted just 1.2 innings, giving up 5 runs on 4 hits, including 2 home runs…Alex Torres also gave up 2 runs (1 earned) and allowed 7 hits and a walk in just 2.2 innings…1B Henry Wrigley went 1-3 with an RBI…DH Leslie Anderson was 0-4.
MONTGOMERY. no game scheduled
CHARLOTTE 8, Jupiter 5. 1B Philip Wunderlich had 3 hits and scored 3 times…CF Mikie Mahtook went 1-5 and stole his 14th base.
BOWLING GREEN 6, West Michigan 2. Roberto Gomez allowed 2 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk in 6.2 innings. He struck out 4 and now has a 2.79 ERA…RF Drew Vettleson was 2-4 with his 5th home run…1B Cameron Seitzer hit his 1st home run of the year and CF Todd Glaesmann added his 9th…DH Josh Sale went 1-3 and is hitting .313.
Here’s Brian Anderson (probably) reading some prepared notes and mispronouncing a key word. Key moment is at 0:22. Oops…