5-9-2013 9-08-01 PMThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

RAYS 5, Jays 4 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: David Price. That was the best Price has looked this season. And once again, the velocity on both his fastball (95) and changeup (85) were up. That is two of his last three starts and a sign that he has finally turned the corner…Fernando Rodney. Speaking of looking better. Everything about Rodney looked better. From the plantain in the dugout to the way he walked with his head up to the 100 mph fastballs (twice!), that was the Rodney we knew last season. Let’s hope he sticks around. Because that mopey Rodney is not fun. Not fun at all.

THE BAD: Another Injury. Jose Molina took a foul tip off the knee and later had to be removed from the game. It doesn’t sound serious, but it reminds just how thin the Rays are at catcher. They have a third catcher in Chris Gimenez. But after trading two catchers recently, there is nothing beyond that.

THE TELLING: The Rays are now 16-18, 4.5 games behind the Red Sox, Yankees and Orioles…A we mentioned in the Tailgating post last night, the next themed road trip will be camo…Wil Myers was pulled from last night’s Durham Bulls game with a stomach bug…

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • “Mistakes and bad judgments will happen, and that’s OK. But what can’t happen is a situation in which the fans at home are better suited to make the call than the umpires on the field.” [BI Sports]
  • This Cy vs Cy graphic is pretty awesome. [Big League Stew]
  • “Fernando Rodney, Craig Kimbrel and the Fickle Nature of Baseball Closers” [BigLeadSports]
  • The DH to the NL is now inevitable. [BI Sports]
  • More and more people are calling for umpires to be held accountable. One problem is that umpires are punished, but the umpires’ union will not allow MLB to announce punishments because the umpires think it will undermine their authority. [NYPost]
  • One solution: Add 15 more umpires. [BI Sports]
  • The lost “scouting report” on Delmon Young made me chuckle. [Baseball Nation]
  • I’m surprised there is even a debate about Ronde Barber’s hall of fame credentials. [JoeBucsFan]

DOWN ON THE FARM

DURHAM 4, Syracuse 2. Josh Lueke struck out 3 in 2 more scoreless innings. He has now pitched 19 innings and allowed just 2 earned runs with 29 strikeouts and 5 walks…Wil Myers was 0-1 before being pulled with an upset stomach…Rich Thompson had a pair of hits and his 9th stolen base.

Mississippi 5, MONTGOMERY 0. Mikie Mahtook went 0-3 with a walk.

Bradenton 4, CHARLOTTE 3. Drew Vettleson was 3-4 with a pair of doubles and 2 RBI…Richie Shaffer went 1-4.

BOWLING GREEN 5, West Michigan 1. Thomas Coyle had a single, walk, and stole his 14th base.

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  1. Lane Meyer says:

    I thought the scouting report on Dickey was really funny too. Blinky and No Thumbs LOL

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  2. Gus says:

    Given the disastorous week Molina just put in behind the dish, a trip to the DL seems like what is in the best interest of everybody. Amazing he doesn't get hurt more often on the inside of that right leg as open as it is.

    Give Maddon, Longoria, Zobrist and whoever else are the team leaders some credit to battle back and split that series. Games 1 and 2 were as bad a losses as the Rays have seen at home in a long time, and on top of the collapses in KC, were really painful. Ship righted, with best 2013 pitcher going for my money tonight, maybe they can get somewhere.

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    • Beth says:

      Let's give some credit to poor Ricky Romero. I would think that knocking out the starter in -- was it the first inning? -- removes some of the pressure.

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      • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

        It was 1 out and 29 pitches into the game that poor Mr. Romero was removed.

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        • Beth says:

          His collapse has been so dramatic -- or at least it seems that way to those of us who only saw him pitch on ocassion.

          Speaking of once promising lefties -- did you all notice Scott Kazmir's line from last night? It was the "no walks" that really stood out for me. I wish him well (until he faced the Rays of course).

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          • Rob says:

            Being notorious for not be able to get past the 6th inning (which he didn't do again last night despite have great stuff) I got to wondering how many complete games Kazmir has pitched in his career, so I looked it up. He has pitched 1 complete game - it was a 2-hit shutout against Boston during his sophomore year in 2006.

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          • Gus says:

            Scary thing to me is how quickly Kazmir and Romero lost it when I look at the struggles of Hellickson and Price right now. Nobody is immune from losing it, even in spots. Pitching is, in some respects, a dark art.

            I didn't think that was old David Price last night, honestly. Better, but his delivery looks stilted and he seems vulnerable.

            I do think the reason his BABIP is up is the rays defense is just not as good. Des=Upton, but KJ/Joyce doesn't = 2012 Des, and the SS and Catcher have been awful. I saw some guys on Drays Bay spent 2000 words trying to get to the bottom of what was happening with Price, but I think guys get better cuts on slower fastballs and the defense is degraded. Can the answer be just that simple?

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    • Bill says:

      What I can't stomach are the wild pitches that get charged to our pitchers when Slo-Mo never moved anything other than his arm. I could argue that if they catcher never thought the pitch bad enough to move his body, how could it be a wild pitch? But that's not correct either, especially with Slo-Mo behind the plate.

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