The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
RAYS 10, Jays 4 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Hope. The Rays have scored 152 runs and allowed 148. That translates to an expected win-loss record of 17-16. That sounds a lot better than the Rays actual record of 15-18. In other words, this team has not been great, but they may also be a little unlucky. However, there are reasons why a team’s actual record might not match their expected record. One big reason is a team’s bullpen. If a team has great bullpen, they will win more close games than might be expected, and they will play better than their expected record. Likewise, if a team’s bullpen sucks, they will lose more close games than an average team, and they will play worse than their expected record. Sound familiar? Still, as long as the Rays keep outscoring opponents, the ship should get righted. But they also need to stabilize the bullpen. It doesn’t need to be great, but it needs to stop sucking…James Loney. Loney, who is now getting starts against lefties, now has enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting lead. And his .385 average is tops in the AL. Only Carlos Gomez of the Brewers (.386) is doing better…Bullpen. First of all, golf clap for not blowing an 8-run lead. But more importantly, a tip of the cap to Jamey Wright and Cesar Ramos for eating some innings. The rest of the pen needed a night off to rest their arms and clear their heads. And even though Matt Moore worked just 5 innings, Wright and Ramos worked 4 workmanlike innings…Top O’ The Order. The first 5 batters in the lineup went a combined 10-19 with 3 doubles and 2 home runs.
THE BAD: Human Element. Bad calls happen to all teams. But man, the Rays are in a bad stretch right now. The latest was a ball that was ruled to have hit a batters leg (and thus called foul) when it wasn’t even close (see image above).
THE TELLING: Joe Maddon was ejected for the second straight game. His 3 ejections lead all MLB. John Gibbons (2) is the only other player or manager with more than one…Joe Maddon now has 600 career wins, even though he wasn’t around for most of #600…Two former prospects have been promoted to the majors. Robinson Chirinos has been promoted by the Rangers and Derek Dietrich (traded for Yunel Escobar) has been promoted by the Marlins…The Rays are now 8-4 versus left-handed starting pitchers…
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Sometimes it feels like it, but the Rays aren’t the only team getting screwed by the umps. In fact, nothing has happened to the Rays as bad as what happened to the A’s last night. [BI Sports]
- J.A. Happ was released from the hospital and amazingly, his only injury was a sprained knee, which is very confusing. [TBO.com]
- Joe Maddon says he will keep using Jake McGee in important situations. [TampaBay.com]
- Oh boy, the Durham Bulls had an eyeball race. [Twitter]
- If you haven’t seen the Matt Kemp video yet, here it is. [BI Sports]
- Ronde Barber has announced his retirement. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Syracuse 5, DURHAM 3. Alex Colome struck out 10 and walked just 1 in 5.2 innings. He gave up 6 hits and 4 runs (3 earned)…Wil Myers was 1-3 with a walk…Leslie Anderson went 1-4.
MONTGOMERY 8, Mississippi 4. Mikie Mahtook was 1-3 with a walk and stole his 8th base,
CHARLOTTE 7, Brevard County 6. Felipe Rivero struck out 7 in 4.1 innings, but gave up 2 home runs and 4 runs…Richie Shaffer hit his 4th home run of the season.
West Michigan 2, BOWLING GREEN 0. Blake Snell struck out 10 in 6 innings. He allowed 3 hits, no walks and 2 runs. His ERA is now 2.81 with 34 strikeouts in 25.2 innings.