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

The Rays are now 4 games behind the Yankees in the AL East and one-half game ahead of the A’s and O’s in the Wild Card. The bad news is that, as we mentioned previously, 4 games is a lot bigger at this time of year than it might seem. And yes, the Rays did it last year, but that was a once in a millennium occurrence, that was more about the Sox collapse than the Rays. The key this season is the 6 games head-to-head with the Yankees. As things stand now, the Rays must win four of those games.

The good news is that the Wild Card race is really down to four teams for two spots. The Angels could still get back into it, but right now it doesn’t look good as they are 4 games behind the O’s and A’s. But holding the top spot in a 4-way battle for 2 spots is a heck of a lot better than being the 7th spot in a 7-way battle, which is what things looked like a few weeks ago.

Other notes: The A’s won the season series with the Rays which could come into play if the two teams tie in the Wild Card standings…Joe Maddon has yet to decide on a starter for Wednesday. The question is whether or not he wants to push Alex Cobb back a day for some extra rest….Jeff Niemann was taken out of his last rehab start after taking a linedrive off the hand. X-rays were negativeSean Rodriguez homered in his second game with the Durham Bulls. He is 3-6 with a walk and 2 strikeouts in 2 games…Leslie Anderson (.313) and Rich Thompson (.310) are 2nd and 3rd in the IL in batting. The leader is hitting .315…Todd Glaesmann (OF, Single-A) and Henry Wrigley (1B, AAA) lead the Rays’ minor league system with 20 home runs each. No other minor leaguer has more than 14.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • The agent for Ryan Brett, one of the three prospects that tested positive for methamphetamine, says Brett accidentally took an Adderall pill, thinking it was a caffeine pill. And this was the only time he has ever done it!
  • If you missed it on Saturday, there was some concern that protesters would interrupt the game at the Trop. Nothing happened. [BI Sports]
  • Scott Kazmir’s newest teammate is some guy named Roger Clemens. Here is video of his return to the mound on Saturday night. The first batter he faced was a former Rays player. [BI Sports]
  • Of course the Rays sound confident that they can catch the Yankees. [TampaBay.com]
  • The Rays are playing much better on the road. [TBO.com]
  • Jayson Werth caught a flyball with his bare hand. [BI Sports]
  • Anybody want to know more about Luke Scott’s political views? [TampaBay.com]
  • Looks like Doug Martin will be the starting running back for the Bucs, but both he and LeGarrette Blount are going to see plenty of snaps. [JoeBucsFan]

DOWN ON THE FARM

DURHAM 4, Norfolk 3.

Jacksonville 7, MONTGOMERY 3.

CHARLOTTE @ St. Lucie. cancelled

BOWLING GREEN 10, South Bend 4.

HUDSON VALLEY 3, Aberdeen 0.

PRINCETON 8, Elizabethton 6 (10).

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5 Comments

  1. don says:

    “I got drunk last night, but I only drank one bottle of Tequila by mistake, I thought it was lemonaid,and I won’t do it again..”
    even my wife won’t believe that one…
    and I don’t even have an agent..

  2. Beazy says:

    I read a good article on Yahoo! that was smeared with crazy sabermetrics stats about Rays players, like “behold David Price’s fastball.
    His 23.4 runs with the heater tops the chart of pitch-type values for pitchers….”, and when most runs given by pitch type, “Cutter: James Shields, -9.1″
    OR
    “Currently, Rodney’s 0.77 ERA is the third best among pitchers with at least 50 innings, behind Rob Murphy’s 0.72 in 1986 and Eck’s incredible 0.61 in 1990. Eck finished that season giving up five earned runs in 73 1/3 innings.”
    OR
    Worst among hitting against a certain pitch… “Cutter: Sean Rodriguez, -5.5″
    OR
    “with no weaknesses.” “Ben Zobrist”, “Among pitchers, “Matt Moore.”
    All that, plus more crazy stats with Rays players in it, and there’s only “25 things you didn’t know about baseball”…

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/25-things-you-didn-t-know-about-baseball.html

  3. Sarah says:

    A look at the Durham Bulls batting averages, and Sean Rodriguez’s success there tells me one thing: the gap between AAA pitching and major league pitching must be HUGE.

  4. Amanda says:

    I call absolute bullshit on Ryan Brett. If he is not diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, there should be no way he could legally have access to an Adderall pill. How do I know this? I’ve been taking Ritalin since 1977 when I was diagnosed with ADHD. Now that it’s become a controlled substance (beyond the standard of normal prescription drugs), I now have to jump through all sorts of hoops to fill my prescription. It’s also one of the nastiest tasing pills that has ever been invented, so he would know in two seconds whether he had a caffine pill in his mouth or not. And if he does have an attention deficit disorder, there are new drugs (Strattera) out that are not controlled substances that contain no stimulants (they work with the brain in a different manner) that I’m sure MLB would rather its affected ball players use. I used to take this medicine, but it’s not on my current insurance’s formulary.

    That really, really pisses me off.

  5. don says:

    Good for Yahoo article…they must know what their talkin about..
    Ben Zobrist..”NO weaknesses”…..only he listened to Maddon & Sheldon about waiting for walks and lowered his BA 50 points..

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