RAYS 3, Yankees 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Alex Cobb. I’ve said it before. Cobb doesn’t have the best stuff. In fact, you can probably find 5-6 starting pitchers in the Rays farm system with better “stuff.” But Cobb is the Rays’ best “pitcher” right now. If David Price or Matt Moore pitched as well as Cobb, they’d never lose a game. And Cobb had his A-game last night. At one point he retired 19 of 20 batters he faced. But what might have impressed me the most last night was how cool Cobb was in the dugout after he was pulled from the game and the Yankees were threatening to rally. Many starting pitchers would be a train wreck in that situation. Cobb could be seen chatting away with teammates and seemingly completely at ease. Nothing fazes this guy. And that is great. The Rays are now 12-3 in the last 15 games Cobb started…Sean Rodriguez. A home run and a couple of stellar defensive plays. Not bad for a guy that has started just 12 games at first base in his career.
THE BAD: Yunel Escobar. Escobar had to leave the game with “hamstring tightness.” Keep in mind that Hak-Ju Lee is out for the year and the Rays don’t have any other natural shortstops on the roster, although Ben Zobrist certainly can fill in if needed…Ryan Roberts. The first thought when you see Roberts struck out 3 times is that he is back to overswinging. But he actually only had 2 swing-and-misses during those 3 at bats. Instead, it seemed like he was either not seeing the ball well or he was being too patient at the plate as he took 5 called strikes during those 3 at bats, including 2 called third strikes.
THE TELLING: The Rays are now 5-1 in their last 6 games and 10-11 overall. They are still 4 games behind the Red Sox in the East…Rays starting pitchers have worked at least 8 innings in 3 straight games for just the 2nd time in club history.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- If you want a Joe Maddon gnome, there are a bunch on eBay, but it will cost you about $50. [eBay]
- The Rays are increasing security at The Trop. [TBO.com]
- Alex Cobb is starting to earn respect from Rays fans. [TampaBay.com]
- Joe Maddon stuck by his decision to pull David Price in the 9th inning on Tuesday. [TampaBay.com]
- What happened to Jeff Keppinger? [Fangraphs]
- Thankfully, the next great New York baseball superstar doesn’t play for the Yankees. [BI Sports]
- Do Josh Freeman and Greg Schiano have a bad relationship? [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 9, Toledo 8. Jake Odorizzi gave up 4 runs in 5 innings including 3 home runs…Wil Myers went 2-4 to raise his average to .328…Leslie Anderson added 3 hits and he is hitting .319.
MONTGOMERY 5, Tennessee 4. Mikie Mahtook went 0-4 with a walk…C Mayo Acosta hit his 3rd home run of the season.
CHARLOTTE. no game scheduled