The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
RAYS 4, Blue Jays 3 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Alex Cobb. It is getting scary just how similar Cobb is to James Shields. Cobb did not have his A+ changeup yesterday (only 2 swing-and-misses), but he still worked into the 7th inning and he still allowed just 1 run. And how did the Jays score their run off Cobb? A home run of course. And like Shields, the home runs are going to come. So far this season, 9 of the 19 runs (47.4%) Cobb has allowed have come off home runs. In 2011, James Shields’ best season, 38 of the 83 runs (45.8%) of the runs he allowed came off home runs. But the key for Cobb is that he needs to make sure they don’t happen with runners on base. And he is doing that this season. Those 9 home runs include 8 solo shots and one 2-run shot…Fernando Rodney. Things got a little shaky in the 9th inning. But before that, Rodney did something that few closers do these days. He came into the game with runners on base. In the 8th inning, the Jays loaded the bases after an error by Ryan Roberts. Rodney came in, and on the first pitch, induced an inning-ending double-play.
THE BAD: Joel Peralta. Yes, Ryan Roberts’ error didn’t help matters. But even before that, Peralta had allowed two single and a walk. And part of the problem may have been that he was overthrowing. Peralta, who’s fastball is normally in the 90-91 range, was sitting 93-94 last night.
THE TELLING: Matt Joyce left the game in the 7th inning with hamstring tightness. He wasn’t likely to play against the lefty today. We’ll have to wait and see if he returns tomorrow…Jose Molina has missed 3 straight games with his hamstring issue… The Rays are now 24-21, tied with the Orioles for third place and 4 games behind the Yankees. The Blue Jays have fallen to 10 games behind the Yankees…
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- After talking with Yunel Escobar, Joe Maddon has changed his tune and is now OK with the home run celebration. Maddon notes that the “safe sign” is just part of his routine. Of course, yesterday, we showed that is not true. It is only part of his routine against the Blue Jays. [TampaBay.com]
- Joe Maddon backtracked on his comments about the umpires and the use of replay. Apparently it would have been OK for them to change a double to a foul ball. [TampaBay.com]
- The bad call against the Rays on Monday weren’t as bad as the two bad calls against the Orioles. [BI Sports]
- JP Peterson breaks down the Rays’ offensive turnaround. [TampaBaySportsCentral]
- Josh Freeman is the 10th best QB under 25 in the NFL. Is that a good thing? [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
BOWLING GREEN. no game scheduled