The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
RAYS 3, Orioles 1 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Matt Moore. Sunday was perfect, albeit odd, Matt Moore. His fastball was only 92-93 most of the day. But it was still dominant and he still had a solid 8 swing-and-misses. And yet he only had 3 strikeouts. The upside was that he worked 7 full innings. And that is all the Rays need from Moore: 7+1+1. That is, 7 from Moore, 1 from Joel Peralta and 1 from Fernando Rodney. Game over, turn the lights out…Luke Scott. Luke Scott wont play 162 games. But if he did, he’d be on pace to hit .298 with 29 HRs and 114 RBI. His bat has never been in doubt. Just his ability to stay in the lineup.
THE BAD: Fox National Broadcast. I like Dick Stockton. But it is hard to be a part-time play-by-play guy in baseball. It is one sport that you need to be committed to everyday if you are going to do it. And if you watched Saturday’s national broadcast of the Rays games you saw why. I’m sure you guys will come up with other examples. But the clearest example came in the 9th inning when Sam Fuld made a nice running catch. Stockton kept calling him Kelly Johnson, not realizing Fuld had come in to the game that inning. OK, Stockton missed the substitution. But the camera was zoomed in on Fuld for several seconds and Stockton kept referring to him as Johnson until Brian Anderson corrected him. Brutal.
THE TELLING: Jake Odorizzi will make his first start for the Rays this afternoon…The Yankees traded for Reid Brignac, who was DFA’d by the Rockies last week…The Rays were 3-12 before Sunday in games in which they scored less than 4 runs…Jeremy Hellickson was the first pitcher since 2007 (Andy Pettitte) to give up 8 earned runs and win the game…Rays are now 23-20, tied with the Orioles for third place, 4 games behind the Yankees and 3.5 behind the Red Sox…
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- A scout recently told Peter Gammons that the Durham Bulls rotation is the “best AAA rotations he’s seen.” [Twitter]
- Mark Topkin takes a look at the Rays’ history of reclamation projects with James Loney as the latest. [TampaBay.com]
- The 8 Richest People In Baseball. [BI Sports]
- is Mike Glennon a legit candidate to start for the Bucs this season? Maybe. Maybe not. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Norfolk 3, DURHAM 2. JD Martin struck out 7 and walked 1 in 7 innings, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 9 hits…Wil Myers went 1-2 with a walk and no strikeouts…Tim Beckham committed his 10th error.
MONTGOMERY 3, Huntsville 0. Merrill Kelly went 6.2 innings without allowing a run. He struck out 5 and walked 2…Mikie Mahtook went 1-4. He’s hitting .238.
CHARLOTTE 2, Fort Myers 0. Felipe Rivero toseed 5.2 shutout innings. He struck out 4 and walked 3…Richie Shaffer was 2-4 with 2 strikeouts. He’s hitting .254.
BOWLING GREEN 8, West Michigan 0. Taylor Guerrieri tossed a career-high 6 innings, giving up just 1 hit, 1 walk, and no runs. He struck out 3…Andrew Toles stole his 22nd base.
West Michigan 5, BOWLING GREEN 1. Andrew Toles went 2-8 in the double-header. He’s now hitting .319.