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

RAYS 7, Red Sox 4 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Savior of the Universe. Flash Jennings had 3 hits, but none was bigger than 2-run, game-tying single in the 9th inning. Everybody will talk about BJ Upton’s home run, and that was exciting. But Jennings won the game. His hit tied it, and it also put the winning on run on third base with only 1 out. At that point, all Upton had to do was not strikeout and the Rays were going to win the game…Prime Time. BJ Upton didn’t need to do much, but he did a lot. His 3-run home run brought a little bit of magic to The Trop for the first time in a long time. And when he rounded the bases, he channeled his inner-Prime Time and fellow no. 2, doing Deion’s 2-step into the home plate.

THE BAD: Reaching 20. We don’t mention wins a lot around here, but it would be nice if David Price could become the first Rays pitcher to win 20. And now Price has just 2 starts left to get the 2 wins he needs. It’s not looking good.

THE TELLING: Chris Archer and Todd Glaesmann were named the Rays minor league Pitcher and Player of the Year…The Rays are now 80-70, 5.5 games behind the Orioles, and 1.0 games behind the Angels. According to CoolStandings.com, the Rays have a 5.7% chance of making the playoffs.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Nick Cafardo calls Dave Martinez one of the two “front runners” for the Astros managerial job. The other is a former scout for the Rays, Tim Bogar, who is now a coach with the Red Sox. [Twitter]
  • Elliot Johnson’s hometown paper did a story on Elliot’s life growing up and the struggles his family faced. [EACourier.com]
  • Statheads and traditionalists are once again butting heads in their arguments over who should be the A.L. MVP. And both sides are right, but don’t tell them that. Both sides are so blinded by their own ideas and the idea of being right, that they are incapable of seeing the other side. [BI Sports]
  • The number of sluggers in baseball is once again on the rise. [BI Chart]
  • Will the Bucs be blacked out next week? [JoeBucsFan]
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  1. don says:

    One win down...11 more to go

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    • Rob says:

      With 12 games left, I think they could go 9-3 and have an outside shot. 89 wins might get them in. 10-2 and I think they are in. 8-4 and they are definitely out.

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  2. s says:

    BAD - the fat lump of crap behind the plate.

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  3. Gus says:

    Way too early for this, but the Rockies crazy run in 2007 was jumpstarted by a ridiculous Helton walk-off homer. It is going to take 7-2 or so to get to the Orioles series for it to mean something. O's need to lose once in a while.

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  4. KT says:

    I'm not losing hope just yet. Would take a seriously strong run, but we've seen crazier things happen.

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  5. Ken says:

    The A's have 3 games @NYY and 7 games with Texas. We may have a better chance of passing the A's than the O's for the final wild card spot.

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    • KT says:

      I have hope that (A) The Red Sox want to play their hearts out against the O's as payback for last year and that (B) The Rangers will crush the A's to avoid losing the division.

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