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

RAYS 6, Indians 0 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: King David. This was a huge game for David Price. At no point was I watching this game and said “wow!” And there have certainly been games where he was more dominant. But at the end  of the game you look up and Price had pitched 7 shutout innings and gave up just 2 hits. And this is why he is now growing into one of the best pitchers in baseball. It is one thing to dominate a team with his best stuff. But great pitchers can still dominate with less than their best stuff…BJ Upton. He had 3 hits. But the big one was a bases-clearing double that broke the game wide open. And I know Joe Maddon hates to have back-to-back righties at the top of the order. But isn’t the best Rays lineup with BJ and Desmond Jennings at the top, either 1-2 or 2-1?…Wade Davis. The game was not in doubt, but one day after four relievers were pounded, Big Dub came in and gave Joe Maddon 2 shutout innings, resting the rest of the ‘pen.

THE BAD: Hideki Matsui. The end is near. Let’s hope the Rays at least sold a few jerseys.

THE TELLING: Matt Joyce was not in the lineup yesterday because he was “stiff and sore“…The Rays are 48-45, 1 game behind the Detroit Tigers in the Wild Card race…Matt Mangini was inactivated by the Durham Bulls to make room for Will Rhymes.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Be sure to click below for a funny GIF from yesterday’s game.
  • Today is the last day to enter our contest for a $100 gift card. All you have to do is guess when Longo will be back! [RI Facebook]
  • Check out this photo of the storm that rained out the Bowling Green Hot Rods last night. [BI Sports]
  • James Shields said there’s “no truth” to the recent suggestion that Shields needs a change of scenery. [TampaBay.com]
  • David Price had some second-thoughts about his plan to give Astro to a fan for the day. [BI Sports]
  • All of a sudden, Luke Scott is red hot. [TBO.com]
  • Joe Maddon just bought the house of former Bucs coach John McKay. I was young, but from what I remember, it seems like there were similarities in the personalities of the two. So this move seems fitting. [TampaBay.com]
  • If you are in Kentucky tonight, you might want to check out the Bowling Green Hot Rods, who are giving away Matt Moore bobbleheads tonight. [BG Hot Rods]
  • A closer look at the competition at running back for the Bucs. [JoeBucsFan]

DOWN ON THE FARM

Lehigh Valley 10, DURHAM 1. Alex Torres gave up 5 runs in just 3 innings. He struck out 2 and walked 3…CF Rich Thompson went 2-4 with 1 double…1B Henry Wrigley continues to rake in triple-A, with 2 more hits including a triple. He is now hitting .340. He is about 60 plate appearances shy of qualifying for the league lead, but if he was there, he would be leading the IL by a wide margin.

MONTGOMERY 6, Birmingham 2. Kyle Lobstein held Michael Jordan’s old club to just 1 run in 6 innings. He struck out 6 and walked 5…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 3-5 with 2 stolen bases. He now has 34 steals, second in the Southern League…

CHARLOTTE 2, Clearwater 1. Enny Romero struck out 5 and walked 5, but gave up just 1 run in 5 innings.  His ERA is now 3.51…3B Robby Price went 2-4 with an RBI and his 4th stolen base…RF Mikie Mahtook went 3-3 with his 19th stolen base.

Kane County @ BOWLING GREEN. Suspended

HUDSON VALLEY 5, Aberdeen 4. Sean Bierman tossed 5 shutout innings for his 2nd win and LF Marty Gantt hit his 2nd home run.

PRINCETON @ Bluefield. postponed

This cameraman was excited about free pizza…

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16 Comments

  1. Hal says:

    I don’t know, but the king’s “stuff” looked pretty good yesterday. I think his curveball was as good as it has ever been. We’d be better off with an open roster spot over Matsui at this point. He has now crossed the line into actively hurting the team – he’s a negative.

  2. Beth says:

    I’d like to give Matsui the benefit of the doubt and assume that he is sticking around because they’ve asked him to do so until Joyce and Fuld are back, and not because he’s enjoying this. I mean, they are not paying him very much, and his ineffectiveness has got to be more disturbing to him than to us.

    • Hal says:

      So nice of him to do such an honorable thing for us. Hang around and collect a paycheck when no other team in organized baseball would give him the time of day. All that porn costs alot of money – a man has gotta live.

  3. phil says:

    Gee would Henry “Hank” Wrigley be a better option (as a hitter) than Matsui or Fuld?

    • KT says:

      At some point he’s going to have to get a shot right? He’s been raking for the last couple seasons, and now in AAA shows no signs of slowing down.

      Is there really such thing as a AAAA player?

      • Rob says:

        The Rays thought Ruggiano was a AAAA player and now he is hitting .376 (1.139 OPS), 6HR, 17RBI, and 12BB in 99 ABs with the Marlins.

        • Rob says:

          Sorry – that should say 12 2Bs, not 12BBs.

        • KT says:

          Exactly, nailed it. They also thought EJ was a AAAA until they were forced to give him consistent playing time due to injuries.

          Look at Bryan LaHair on the Cubbies, whom everyone called a AAAA player.

      • Hal says:

        Let’s see. Ray’s AAAA players: Dan Johnson (I love him deeply too), Ruggs (raking with the Marlins – where did that come from?); Canzler; Guyer; Would have said Elliott Johnson, but he’s probably our 2rd best offensive player right now; Brooks Conrad (oh, I’m sorry he’s really a AA player); the entire Devil Rays roster from inception to about 2006.

        • KT says:

          Did the entire Devil Rays roster from inception to about 2006 all rake and look like studs for their AAA club? I’d make the argument that most of those players had mediocre expectations based on performance in the minors, there just weren’t any better options for the big club. I think you’re confusing what people mean by a AAAA player.

  4. Dave L says:

    Nice thing about Scott is that when he gets hot he can hit for average for his streaks as well as flash power.

    Pena mostly hits bombs in his outbursts.

    Hopefully he’s due for one.

    I think in the future the Rays should do away with the slugging never plays the field DH role. That could be the next maddon innovation. Rotating whoever is hot (ok lukewarm in most instances) into that role would give the younger guys more AB’s to develop and keep young guys heating up playing every day.

    As it is now we have 2 roster spots taken by players who Maddon has zero confidence in to put on defense. Its just too much waste for the production they provide.

    For example, right now EJ and Kepp would be DH every night they dont play in the field as they are doing well. Earlier in the year SRod could have played some DH

    Ok Scott is hot now but when he’s cold he’s dead weight. Matsui has been dead weight ever since he got here. I was cheering that move to bring him in mostly based on hope but now I know I was wrong. Last night was hopefully the last of Matsui-san I agree.

    • Beth says:

      I thought Scott was slated to play outfield/first base on occasion once he was completely recovered from shoulder surgery. I don’t know whether he still can’t throw, or if there are other reasons he’s been kept off the field.

      Otherwise, I agree, DH is one position you can really rotate among several players. Indeed, that’s what they’ve often done in the past — no regular DH in 2008, and no regular DH in the post-Burrell era until now.

  5. s says:

    rick ankiel is a huge step up from dogzilla. come on FO get it done!!!

  6. don says:

    Matsui is ruining my prediction that Pena & Molina would fight in out for bottom of Hitting expertise on the Rays…cut him now, I’m back in the game….

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