6-20-2013 8-36-43 PMThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

RAYS 8, Yankees 3 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Matt Moore. The fastball was better as Moore had a little more snap on the pitch and was hitting his spots. But the big difference was the curve/slider. The velocity on his breaking ball was up to 82 after being 79-80 the last couple of starts. And the result was more snap on the ball and a little more horizontal movement. When Moore is throwing his curve well, it looks a lot more like a slider. And of his 27 breaking balls, 5 were swinging strikes…Evan Longoria. Matt Moore and Evan Longoria doing good things in the same game is a deadly combination. Last night it was two home runs by Longo to back Moore’s effort on the mound…Flash Jennings. With the lefty on the mound, Jennings was back at the top of the order and he was on base 4 times with 3 hits and a walk…Sean Rodriguez. He doesn’t leave the dugout very often. But he was ready last night. And his 2-out RBI double in the 7th was big as it came immediately after the Yankees had cut the lead to 1 run.

THE BAD: Jose Molina. Joe Maddon does crazy things. A lot of times they work. Last night it did not. He had Molina DH against Andy Pettite and the result was an 0-3, an ugly 0-3. He struck out once and hit the ball softly two other times. And in the 8th inning, Maddon pinch-hit for Molina with Matt Joyce. That left the Rays without a backup catcher for 2 innings.

THE TELLING: The Rays are now 38-35, 5 games behind the Red Sox and 1.5 games behind the Yankees for third place. And don’t look now, but that is the Blue Jays in the rear-view mirror. They have won 8 in a row and are just 2 games behind the Rays…David Price will make his first rehab start tonight for the single-A Charlotte Stone Crabs.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Stuart Sternberg spoke at length with FoxSports.com about Major League Baseball’s diversity program and his role in those efforts. [FoxSports]
  • Stuart Sternberg also spoke to the media at Yankee Stadium about the current state of the team on the field. [TampaBay.com]
  • If you missed game 7 of the NBA Finals because you were watching the Rays, here is a collection of the best images and GIFs. [BI Sports]
  • Who isYasiel Puig? [BI Sports]
  • Josh Freeman gave an out-of-character interview. [JoeBucsFan]

DOWN ON THE FARM

DURHAM 2, Louisville 1. In just his second triple-A start, Matt Buschmann threw 5 shutout innings, striking out 7…Vince Belnome had 2 more doubles to raise his average to .348.

MONTGOMERY 3, Pensacola 1. Mike Colla allowed just 1 hit (a home run) in 7 innings. He struck out 3…Todd Glaesmann went 3-3 and hit his 8th home run.

CHARLOTTE @ Bradenton. postponed

BOWLING GREEN 2, Lansing 1. Andrew Toles was 2-3 with a double and his 42 stolen base.

HUDSON VALLEY 6, Staten Island 0.

Danville 9, PRINCETON 1.

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7 Comments

  1. brixology says:

    Wait, 42nd stolen base? Is that a typo?

  2. Kevin says:

    I don’t know who to pay attention to in the minors anymore…Myers, Colome, Odorizzi, Archer and Torres are all in the majors. I really don’t want to know when it comes to Beckham and Lee is out.

    Any others in AA or AAA who have a chance to make an impact this year?

    • JJ says:

      All our AA and below players are at least 2 years away and most are under performing (IMO) though there are a few bright spots (Toles for one). At AAA V. Belnome @ 2B has interesting stats. He’s only 25, a college player out of WVU, with impressive numbers at each level. Could be a utility type later in the year.

    • Chris D says:

      At AAA the most interesting current folks are:

      * Belnome who is near to leading the league in hitting and has played just about every IF position except SS.

      * Anderson who won’t get a shot, but was recently riding a hot streak where he reached base 15 of 18 times.Overall he has an OBP of .406 and an OPS of .932 this year. To put it in perspective, thus far this year he has his highest AAA average ever, has walked more times this year than ever before in a full season and is on pace to hit the most HRs of his career.

      * Gimenez is as Cork has stated TB’s 3rd string catcher. Of course at the moment the Bulls only have 2 OF on the roster, so Gimenez is playing RF and LF lately instead. Still, just back off the DL it’s interesting to watch him get back into his groove.

      * Kirby Yates is the defacto closer but tends to pitch more than 1 inning having pitched 34 innings in 29 appearances. He has a WHIP under 1 and an ERA of 1.32 with 52 SOs. He’s not on the 40 man, but he’s the next man up in the point of pure relievers if the Rays need one.

  3. JJ says:

    Nice effort by the Rays last night despite the need by JoMa to handicap the lineup with the Molina ploy. I’m sure there’s some obscure saber stat that explains it but I’m not buying it.
    What really puzzles me is why our starters all seem to melt down in inning 6. Looks like we’re gonna need a 6th inning specialist as well as a 7, 8, 9 specialist. Jeez.

    • Sarah says:

      I figured that Maddon wanted to get in as many right handed hitters as possible given Petite’s extreme splits. No other right handed hitters on the bench.

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