Orioles 3, RAYS 2 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Been Here Before. Sometimes, in an effort to give you guys an honest assessment of how things stand, it comes off as “anti-Rays” or “bashing.” And the trained molecular biologist in me wants to tell you this is bad. This is real bad. BUT. But, if there is one team that can overcome these odds, it is the Rays. Sometimes, all a team needs is to believe that the very difficult is not that bad at all. And that is how miracles happen. Or something.
THE BAD: Alex Cobb. The Rays said three more starts. But after last night, we wonder if Corn Cobb will even get one more start after this. Cobb is a guy that doesn’t have a lot of gas in the tank when things are going well. What was weird last night was that it appeared as though Cobb had the good changeup (4 swinging srikes), but he barely used it (15 of 87 pitches). Was it part of a gameplan? Was it a lack of confidence? A lack of comfort? I don’t know. But he needed to throw it more…Missed Opportunities. The Rays left 643 runners in scoring position. It’s true. I counted. And none may have been more painful than Jose Molina batting with the bases loaded in the 6th with Luke Scott on the bench (oh by the way, Scott pinch hit for Molina in the 8th with just 1 runner on base). Or when Ben Francisco stayed in to face the righty in the 7th with Sam Fuld on the bench (and oh by the way, Fuld replaced Francisco in the bottom of the 7th). Or in the 9th when Rich Thompson got caught rounding third too far and getting caught in a rundown (and oh by the way, did you see him try to Pierzynski his way out of the rundown by trying to fake defensive interference?). All three situations ended the innings, and the threats. Let’s hope they didn’t end the Rays season…It’s Not Just One Game. Head-to-head in Sepember is not “just one game.” It is actually two games. Last night’s game was the difference between being 1-back or 3-back. That’s huge.
THE TELLING: Desmond Jennings was held out of the lineup again, but is expected to play today…The Rays are now 20-25 in 1-run games. The Orioles are 26-7…The Rays are now 77-65, 3 games behind the Yankees and Orioles. Their chances of making the playoffs has gone from 64% to 39% in the last two days.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- I can’t say enough good things about this column by Michael Kruse on The Fabulous Sports Babe. As somebody that listened to
NanciBabe when she was in New York, and now occasionally has the privilege of speaking with her on air here, it does a great job of letting us peak behind the curtain without revealing too much. [Grantland]
- A judge has told prosecutors to give Brandon Guyer his truck back. It was Guyer’s truck that was being used by Matt Bush when he allegedly was driving while intoxicated and hit a man driving a motorcycle. [WinkNews]
- Sam Fuld and Elliot Johnson got their butts kicked by Andrew Friedman…in fantasy football. [Tim Kurkjian]
- The Rays are running out of time! [BRaysballTalk]
- Joe spoke with Mike Williams. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM. season completed
MONTGOMERY. season completed
CHARLOTTE. season completed
BOWLING GREEN. season completed
HUDSON VALLEY 5, Tri-City 2. Richie Shaffer’s 3-run home run in the 8th inning broke a 2-2 tie and evened up the championship series at a game apiece.
PRINCETON. season completed