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

RAYS 4, Red Sox 2 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Pop Goes The Weasels. Carlos Pena and Ben Francisco went back-to-back and belly-to-belly in the 5th for the only runs the Rays would need. And not only did the Rays need the win as every other team in the Wild Card race also won, but it was nice to end the Red Sox anniversary season in Fenway Park with 2 straight losses…The Bullpen. After Kyle Farnsworth struggled against the 2 batters he faced, 4 relievers came on and pitched 4 shutout innings, retiring 12 of 13 batters they faced, striking out 7.

THE BAD: The Strikezone. You guys know I don’t clobber the umpiring too often even when there are bad calls. Bad calls happen. But the strikezone last night was atrocious. And the biggest piece of evidence is Jeff Keppinger. In his first 391 plate appearances this season, he struck out looking 11 times, or once every 36 times to the plate. And yet last night he struck out looking twice…Playing To The Opponent. How is it possible that the Rays are now 39-30 against the AL East, and are just 13-17 against the AL Central, arguably the weakest division in baseball? And oh by the way, the Rays’ next four games are against the White Sox.

THE TELLING: It was an amazing coincidence that Jose Molina tweaked a muscle in his leg the night before Alex Cobb was back on the mound…The Rays finished 9-9 against the Red Sox this season…Despite winning, the Rays chances of making the playoffs actually went down from 12.6% to 10.4% as every team in the hunt won last night. The Rays remain 3 losses behind the O’s and A’s, and 1 loss behind the Angels.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Jose Molina is still say-to-day, and Sam Fuld was available to pinch-hit last night and should be back in the lineup this weekend. [TampaBay.com]
  • Dave Martinez will not be the next manager of the Astros. [TampaBay.com]
  • The Mets will not pursue BJ Upton this off-season. But considering their financial issues, we already knew that. [CBSSports.com]
  • A couple of odd lines in this piece on Sam Fuld including “Fuld is heart of Rays,” and “pound for pound, nobody in the Tampa Bay clubhouse commands as much respect as Sam Fuld.” [UnionLeader.com]
  • Anybody wanna work for the Rays. [TeamworkOnline]
  • You might be surprised how much some of these athletes have made in their careers. Big deals are not reserved for superstars. [BI Sports]
  • Look for LeGarrette Blount to start seeing more action in the near future. [JoeBucsFan]
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  1. Michael says:

    I heard someone at a game last week say "Sam Fuld is like Pete Rose"

    I almost sprayed Pepsi out of my nose

    Sam is great but uhh, he does get elevated a wee bit

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  2. Adam W says:

    > How is it possible that the Rays are now 39-30 against the AL East, and are just 13-17 against the AL Central, arguably the weakest division in baseball?

    I've said it all year. We play to the level of our opponents. Great teams can bring out our inner greatness, while mediocre teams bring out our inner Astros.

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    • nate says:

      I think it is important to break that record against the AL East down further

      Toronto 14-4
      Boston 9-9
      New York 10-8
      Baltimore 6-9 (with three to play)

      So a big thank you to the Blue Jays for helping to inflate that AL East record. Against the better teams we're about even.

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  3. Gus says:

    If the Rays could work their way into the playoffs, I actually really like the way they've been playing. Getting production out of C, SS, 2b and CF like they have not had all season, plus Longoria looks about as good as he has since his return. Kind of a key day today to make up the half game on Baltimore.

    Those Angels-Mariners games were just painful to see the last two nights.

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  4. Drew says:

    Looking at the pitch/fx data from last nights game, and only counting pitches that were out of the zone horizontally (and not vertically), Red Sox pitchers had 7 pitches out of the zone called for strikes. Rays pitchers had ONE.

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