5-16-2013 9-30-15 PMThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

Red Sox 4, RAYS 3 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Alex Cobb. After his bizarre last start in which he struck out everybody but pitch-counted himself out of the game, Cobb was back to being Cobb, working into the 7th inning, striking out 6, walking just 2 and allowing only 1 run. We used to call James Shields, “James the Greater.” Maybe we should call Cobb “James the Lesser”…Joel Peralta. Where would the bullpen be without Peralta this season? He’ll have the occasional hiccup. But in some ways he is the reliever version of Alex Cobb. He just comes in, does his job, and gets out of the way. The Rays are going to win a lot more games than they’ll lose when Cobb and Peralta pitch in the same game…Luke Scott. Scott batted second for the first time in his career (something we explained before the game in the Tailgating post). And it worked, with Scott picking up 3 hits and a walk.

THE BAD: Fernando Rodney. After looking like he had found his Mojo, Rodney blew another save, his third of the season. He blew just 2 saves all last season. And this time it was the walks. Rodney walked three batters and then gave up a 3-run double (with some help from Matt Joyce’s bad angle in left field). There were some complaints that Will Middlebrooks should have never had a chance to hit the double when Rodney’s 0-2 pitch appeared to be strike three. But a look at the Pitchf/x data below shows that the third pitch was a ball. And after Joe Maddon left Rodney in after blowing the save, Rodney walked another batter (once the closer has blown the save, just get him out. The balloon is deflated). That gives Rodney 15 walks on the season. He walked 15 batters in 2012…Matt Joyce. There is no way the Sox should have scored 3 runs on that double. Joyce either got a bad jump or took a horrible angle. Either way, that can’t happen…James Loney. Loney got the start against the lefty mostly because of his glove. But he hurt the Rays at the plate last night, going 0-4 and leaving 7 runners on base, including the bases loaded in the first.

THE TELLING: Reid Brignac has been designated for assignment by the Rockies. With Hak-Ju Lee out for the season, a reunion with the Rays could happen to add triple-A depth…The Rays are now just 1-5 against the Red Sox this season…The rays are 20-20 and remain 4.5 games behind the Yankees.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Here is the video of last night’s touching first pitch. These are always touching. But as a guy that grew up as a military brat and that has many military people in the family, I have no idea how these dads can wait one second longer than they have to in order to see their families. [MLB.com]
  • Felix Doubront threw a pitch to Luke Scott that might have ended up in the first base dugout. It was that bad. [BI Sports]
  • But was it worse than Ian Kinsler’s slide in Texas? [BI Sports]
  • David Price’s allergy problems are being blamed on The Trop’s new washing machines. [TBO.com]
  • Alex Torres has discovered control and now looks like he is closer to being called up permanently. [TampaBay.com]
  • “The Art of Pitch Framing” spends a lot of time discussing the value of Jose Molina. One measure says Molina is worth 61 more runs per season than the worst defensive catcher (thanks, Joe). [Grantland]
  • Hey, it’s a baseball mock draft! Let’s all throw arrows at a board and guess whom the Rays will take with their two first round picks. [ESPN]

5-17-2013 7-53-41 AM

DOWN ON THE FARM

Rochester 6, DURHAM 5. Chris Archer gave up 4 runs in 5 innings on 6 hits and 4 walks…Leslie Anderson was 2-3 with a walk…Wil Myers was 0-4 with a walk and a strikeout. His 50 strikeouts are second in the IL.

MONTGOMERY 1, Birmingham 0. Victor Mateo pitched 7 shutout innings with 7 Ks and just 1 walk.

CHARLOTTE 12, Daytona 7. Alejandro Segovia hit his 7th home run. Hector Guevara added his 5th.

BOWLING GREEN 7, Fort Wayne 6.

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  1. MJ says:

    I've already noticed more than a handful of questionable routes by Joyce this year. As awesome as that over the shoulder catch was in RF, i'd bet it was the outcome of a bad route too.

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    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      In his defense, the over the shoulder grab in RF was an example of a ball that was cutting from center toward the RF foul-line, so although he started heading left he had to make an adjustment to get to the slice.

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  2. Don says:

    New baseball rules for 9th inning.....Three walks and you lose.....Maybe sore triceps or something?

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  3. phil says:

    Move Joyce to first base next year?

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  4. Dre says:

    I was less angry about the ball called to Middlebrooks and more angry about the first-pitch strike called on Loney in the 9th, when it clearly wasn't.

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  5. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    In the late middle part of the game you cannot have the bases loaded with one out and the heart of the lineup due at the plate and score 0... Zobrist K's on three pitches and Longo ends the inning by rolling over a marginal pitch that resulted in a FC and the end of the threat.. that is the real story.
    Plate even one of those runs and the blown save never materializes.

    Tough loss.

    Rays fans could not seriously have thought that Rodney would be able to replicate last year's gaudy numbers, but frustration is acceptable (on an incremental level).

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  6. Chris D says:

    Myers was auditioning for the guys left on base award yesterday. Bulls actually had a lead in the 9th before blowing it, but Myers managed to GIDP twice to end innings including with the bases loaded.

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  7. Geoff Peterson says:

    Well, on the plus side, the Rays losing always seems to bring joy to Donny Doom.

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    • Don says:

      Do you Know the diference in "joy" and performance recognition?.....You enjoy poor performance......I don't

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