The 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]
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.