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]