The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
Blue Jays 6, RAYS (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Roberto Hernandez. For the most part he pitched well. His one blemish was when he gave up a home run to Adam Lind, who had not hit a home run all season. And to make matters worse, Hernandez was actually up 0-2 in the at bat. That can’t happen. Outside of that, Hernandez struck out 7 in 6 innings showing once again that New Fausto is much more of a strikeout pitcher than Old Fausto. It was his 4th start with 7 strikeouts this season. He only had 2 such starts in his last full season…Rain. This is a really good ball club for six innings. Which means the rain in Florida will come in handy. Now we just have to figure out how to remove the roof of the Trop.
THE BAD: Another Blown Call. Why is this so hard? This was an easy call. Even if the umpire missed the hand crossing the plate (I don’t know how he could), he could just look down and see the clear-as-day swipe mark across the plate. That run would have come in handy later in the game…The Bullpen. This bullpen sucks. Plain and simple. If you follow the game graph during the game, you know that the Rays had more than a 90% chance of winning this game in the 6th inning. But then Jake McGee happened (again) and Kyle Farnsworth happened and Joel Peralta happened. Joe Maddon said after the game that it will be one of the best bullpens in baseball by the end of the year. But the Rays need the bullpen to be better before then. Because at the end of the season, it will be too late…No longer early. With the loss, the Rays will now have to go 81-49 in the final 130 games to reach 95 wins. Sure, you might not need 95 wins to get the Wild Card. But the point is that it has stopped being early. Every game counts. And the Rays have missed the playoffs by less.
THE TELLING: Joe Maddon has now been ejected twice this season. He joins Blue Jays manager John Gibbons as the only players or coaches to be ejected more than once this season. They both have two…The Rays have now lost 13 games in which they held a lead. If they had protected all of those leads, they would be 27-5. Instead, the Rays are now 14-18, 6.5 games behind the Red Sox.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- After being hit in the head with a line drive off the bat of Desmond Jennings, JA Happ was taken to a local hospital. There hasn’t been an update to his condition.
- This latest line drive to strike a pitcher once again raises the issue of pitcher safety. While some are calling for helmets, that is not the direction MLB is heading. Rather, MLB is already testing protective liners that would be worn underneath the cap. [Newsday]
- Are the Bucs a 10-win team? [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Syracuse 3, DURHAM 2. Alex Torres struck out 7 and walked 2 in 6 shutout innings…Leslie Anderson hit his 5th home run…Wil Myers was 1-4 and is hitting .274…Tim Beckham committed his 8th error of the season.
Mississippi 19, MONTGOMERY 2. Jake Thompson allowed 8 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks in just 4 innings…Mikie Mahtook went 1-4 with a double.
CHARLOTTE 5, Brevard County 3. Richie Shaffer had 2 singles and 2 strikeouts in 5 at bats.
BOWLING GREEN. no game scheduled