RAYS 4, Marlins 2 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Jake McGee. We don’t give McGee enough love in the GBT because he is typically in a game for just 2 or 3 batters. But what he has done with those batters has been remarkable. In his last 12 appearances, he has pitched 9.2 innings and has given up just 4 hits, 2 walks, and been charged with just 1 run. He has also only allowed 1 of 8 inherited runners to score during that stretch. And he is doing it during key moments of most games…BJ Upton. Upton now has a 7-game hitting streak and is 10-29 during that stretch…James Shields. We are seeing a lot more of the old James Shields this season. That is, a guy that will work into the 7th inning without his best stuff and yet still hold the opposition to 1 or 2 runs and a chance to win the game. He had the good changeup (10 whiffs), but not much else, but still got the job done…Lobotron! It is like night and day when Jose Loboton is behind the plate compared to any of the other Rays catchers. That doesn’t mean he calls as good a game as Jose Molina or frame a pitch as well. But Loboton is a natural back there, and shows you what a good catcher can look like.
THE BAD: Landlines. We wrote a bit of a tongue-in-cheek post about the Marlins new ballpark using wired landlines. And we took some heat for the post. So it was kinda funny and a lot ironic, that on Sunday, the phones failed completely and the Rays were stuck using hand signals (see below), as well as Will Rhymes to run to the bullpen to get the right reliever warmed up. And when Joe Maddon was asked about the phones after the game, he managed to take a small shot at both the Marlins and the Red Sox: “you’d like to think they got it right here the first time. You know, when Fenway breaks down, you kind of expect it.”…The NL East. We knew the NL East was overrated before the weekend started. And this weekend didn’t do anything to change our opinion, with the AL East going 9-6 in the five interleague matchups.
THE TELLING: Many people commented on the immense number of Rays fans in Miami for this weekend’s games…The Rays are now 35-25, one-half game ahead of the Yankees and 1 game in front of the Orioles. According to CoolStandings.com, the Rays have a 65.0% shot at making the playoffs…Best part of this weekend’s sweep is that it removes any pressure on Evan Longoria to rush back…With the Rays having an off-day today, it sounds like a number of players stayed in Miami last night and did not take the charter flight home.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Don’t forget to check the GIFy goodness from the weekend at the end of this post.
- Brandon Allen has cleared waivers and has been assigned to triple-A Durham. Juan Miranda was released to make room. [@RCummingsTrib]
- Evan Longoria might start a rehab assignment on Wednesday, but that depends on how well he feels on Tuesday. He will need at least a week in the minors before rejoining the Rays. [TampaBay.com]
- And Evan Longoria is getting anxious. [TBO.com]
- Joe Maddon thinks run scoring us down in baseball because advanced data helps the pitchers and fielders, but not the hitters. [SI.com]
- Here are the Marlins and Rays Wives and Girlfriends just after they battled in a game of softball. [@HallerDave]
- Matt Joyce and Joe Maddon talk about Joyce’s maturation as a hitter, especially against lefties. [TampaBay.com]
- Former Rays outfielder Justin Ruggiano had a pretty decent night on Saturday. [TampaBay.com]
- So, Leslie Anderson is having a pretty good season. Remember him? (and yes, several commenters have been on the Anderson bandwagon for a while) [WDBB]
- The Bucs second wideout position may be wide open. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 7, Toledo 1. Matt Torra struck out 6 and walked 1 in 5 innings. He allowed 3 hits and 1 run to lower his ERA to 4.77…C Stephen Vogt was 3-4 to raise his average to .264…DH Leslie Anderson was also 3-4 with a double and is hitting .315…SS Reid Brignac went 1-4.
Chattanooga @ MONTGOMERY. (double-header postponed)
St. Lucie 10, CHARLOTTE 3 (14). CJ Riefenhauser struck out 6 and allowed just 1 run in 6 innings…CF Mikie Mahtook had a rough day going 0-6 with 4 Ks…DH Robby Price was 2-4 with a double and his 2nd home run.
Dayton 6, BOWLING GREEN 1. Four different players had 2 hits, including RF Drew Vettleson who was 2-3 with a walk and LF Josh Sale who was 2-4 with his 8th home run.
Here are the Rays Wives and Girlfriends celebrating their softball win over the Marlins WAGS…