RAYS 5, Orioles 3 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Alex Cobb. It was the biggest start of his young career, and he gave up just 1 run on 2 hits and 2 walks in 7 innings. It was the 6th time this season that Cobb worked at least 7 innings and allowed no more than 1 run (23 starts). Jeremy Hellickson (4), Matt Moore (2) and Jeff Niemann (1), did that just 7 times combined (69 starts)…Fernando Rodney. With a scoreless 9th inning, Honey Badger now has an ERA of 0.605. That is 0.009 better than Dennis Eckersly in 1990 (0.614). If he does not give up an earned run in the final 2 games, he will set the record for lowest ERA by a reliever, minimum 50 innings pitched.
THE BAD: It’s Over. When the Rays game ended, the Rays were still alive. They had done their part, winning 11 of their last 12 games. But the Rangers didn’t come through, losing to the A’s on the West Coast, eliminating the Rays…In-Game Interviews. I like in-game interviews. And 99.9% of the time I think Sun Sports does a great job. But it was a little weird that they would suddenly try an in-game interview during game 160 with the score tied 0-0 and the Rays still alive for a playoff spot. In doing so, Dewayne Staats and Brian Anderson completely ignored nearly an entire half-inning of action. Making it worse was that the interview wasn’t even about the game or the playoff chase. It was an interview with David Price about winning 20 games and whether he should be the Cy Young. Which brings up…David Price’s 20 Wins and Cy Young hopes. I was happy David Price won 20 games. And I believe Price should win the AL Cy Young. But why was that the only topic of conversation on Monday? The Rays were still fighting for a playoff spot, and all anybody could talk about is the Cy Young award. It was maddening. I’m not saying we can’t talk about it. But the Cy Young Award should have been the secondary topic until the Rays were eliminated.
THE TELLING: What are the chances Evan Longoria will be in the lineup tonight or tomorrow? 0%?…Want to know why the Rays have such a good run differential and yet are going to miss the playoffs? They are an MLB-best 24-11 in games decided by 5 runs or more (the 11 losses are the fewest in MLB). And they are 21-26 in 1-run games. That is 21st in MLB…According to CoolStandings.com, the Rays now have a 0.0% chance of making the playoffs.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Be sure to click the <Read More…> below for a couple of entertaining clips from last night’s game…
- A new stadium is one factor in attendance. But as the Mets have shown, it is no guarantee. [BI Sports]
- David Price still has a slight lead over Justin Verlander in the Cy Young Predictor. Fernando Rodney has fallen to fourth. [ESPN]
- David Price is the 15th member of the “The Black Aces.” [Big League Stew]
- Adrian Clayborn is going to be out a while. [JoeBucsFan]
Joe Maddon thought the umpires missed a check-swing call and let them have it: “YOU CAN’T MISS THOSE CALLS RIGHT NOW. LET’S F***ING GO! WAKE UP!”