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 6 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Ben Zobrist. Let’s assume Evan Longoria comes back and hits well right away. And let’s say Hideki Matsui continues to hit the ball hard. This offense could be ready to take off thanks to those two as well as a red hot Ben Zobrist. In his last 5 games, Zorilla is 11-19 and has driven in 8 runs.

THE BAD: Missed Chances. Let’s just ignore the pitching that allowed 29 runs in this series. The pitching is going to be fine. But oh gawd the hitting! There was the sixth inning when the Rays loaded the bases with no outs and both Sean Rodriguez (swinging) and Jose Lobaton (looking) struck out and the Rays failed to score. And then, when the Rays cut the lead to 3 in the 9th, they had 2 on and 1 out before going strikeout-walk-strikeout to end the game. Yes, the Rays scored 6 runs, and that will be good enough on most nights. But they also left some runs on the table on a day when they needed them.

THE TELLING: The Rays were outscored 29-9 this series. This was also the first time since 2005 that the Rays gave up at least 9 runs in 3 straight games…The Rays are now 2.5 behind the Yankees and 2 behind the Orioles with 99 games to go.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Evan Longoria (and Jeff Keppinger) will begin rehab assignments at triple-A Durham this weekend. Longoria is scheduled to DH on Saturday.
  • Luke Scott went on the DL with a sore back. A corresponding move will be made today. Our best guess is that Rich Thompson will be coming back, although the Rays could certainly add some journeyman minor leaguer in a trade.
  • Johnny Damon’s wife may have threatened to kick some dude’s heiny who was heckling her husband. [TheScore.com]
  • Ken Rosenthal talks about the Mets decision to appeal the basehit ruling during RA Dickey’s win over the Rays. [Fox Sports]
  • The Best Hangout Bars near the Trop. [TBO.com]
  • The Durham Bulls are having a rough season. [WDBB]

DOWN ON THE FARM

DURHAM 12, Lehyigh Valley 2. Chris Archer struck out 5 in 7 innings, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks…DH Leslie Anderson was 3-5 with his 8th home run. He drove in 3…SS Reid Brignac homered and had a double.

MONTGOMERY 9, Huntsville 7. Alex Colome struck out 4 and walked 2, giving up 1 run and 4 hits in 5 innings…SS Hak-Ju Lee was 2-5 with a walk. He’s hitting .243…2B Tyler Bortnick had a double, a walk and stole 3 bases. He now has 19 on the year.

Jupiter 10, CHARLOTTE 5. Kyle Farnsworth pitched 1 inning as part of his rehab assignment. He retired all 3 batters, striking out 1…CF Mikie Mahtook hit his 3rd home run…2B Derek Dietrich was 1-4 with a double.

West Michigan 9, BOWLING GREEN 1. The Hot Rods had just 5 hits and DH Cameron Seitzer’s double was the only extra-base hit…LF Josh Sale went 1-4 and is hitting .318…RF Drew Vettleson was 0-3 with a walk and 2 Ks.

So much to love about this…

 

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11 Comments

  1. Michael says:

    Wednesday's game was a repeat of 2010

    in that it was 4 hours of Carlos Pena striking out

    Thursdays game was a repeat of early 2011

    in that it was RISPLOB to the max

    remember how in early 2011 we would load the bases with nobody out every single day and never get a run in? It happened like four times in one week at some point

    hopefully its just getting out of their system

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  2. Hal says:

    Leslie! Leslie! Leslie!

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  3. Katherine says:

    What more does Leslie Anderson have to do to get a call up?? Give the guy a chance!

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    • Cork Gaines says:

      It's a numbers game at this point. Where would he play? He is a left-handed bat that plays 1B, LF, RF. The Rays already have a lot of left-handed bats playing those poistions (Pena, Joyce, Matsui, Scott). I'm sure some wouldn't mind seeing Anderson instead of Pena. But Maddon is not going to bench Pena against a righty.

      The other thing working against Anderson is that he is not on the 40-man roster. So if they wanted to promote him, they would likely have to put somebody else on waivers. They would do that if Anderson was absolutely needed. But again, they are not desperate for left-handed bats right now.

      It sucks. And I think the Rays would love to give him a shot. There just isn't a way to do it right now.

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      • Beth says:

        1. Anderson could DH. With Scott out, wouldn't that make sense, at least for the weekend?
        2. With all the players on the 60 day DL, don't they have space on the 40 man?

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        • Cork Gaines says:

          But again, Maddon is not going to start Anderson at DH in front of Matsui, assuming Jennings and Joyce are in the outfield. And all the 60-day DL slots have already been spoken for.

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          • Rob says:

            For all of the innovation that Rays are credited with (and rightly so) they can be so frustratingly conservative at other times. There is absolutely no upside to Matsui. He is not going to hit 25 HRs and he is not going to be here next year. I think we can probably expect about a .230 AVG and 12-14 HRs by the end of the year. I think Anderson can match that, plus he has room to develop and will be around next year, but the Rays will stick with Matsui because he is a known quantity and less of a risk. I think generally, the Rays are risk adverse - probably a quality from the FO's experience in the world of finance.

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          • Beth says:

            I am now officially embarrassed to be this obsessive, especially since I'm actually on deadline at work (!), but I only count 39 on the current 40 man roster. Here's the list I'm using: http://tampabay.rays.mlb.com/team/roster_40man.jsp?c_id=tb. Or does Brandon Allen need to be added back in if he clears waivers?

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          • Cork Gaines says:

            ah yes. My list still had Allen. But again, that wouldn't have been a problem if they needed him or he was better than what they already have. But I still don't know where he would play.

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      • Katherine says:

        There has to be someone they can put on waivers to make room, that they aren't afraid they will lose. He could DH or play firstbase when you want to give Pena a day off. Bringing up someone like Thompson or Vogt provides absolutely nothing to the team.

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  4. Joe says:

    I honestly am concerned with Hellickson, he flirts with danger often and his last 2 starts (cant even go 5 because hes walking everything he sees) and now the Mets just pummeled him, they wouldn't even let him walk them. His calling card was supposed to be command and I'm wondering if we will ever see that command.

    PS: Helly, the change gets worse the 4th straight time you throw it, great arm speed or not, its a straight pitch at the same speed 4 times in a row.

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