The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
RAYS 5, Diamondbacks 2 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Attendance. On the same night that we learned the TV ratings have been strong, 17,402 showed up at the Trop on Tuesday night against an NL West club. Just three weeks ago, on their last Tuesday night game, the Rays played a non-divisional opponent (Twins) and the attendance was 12,777. And the last Tuesday home game before that was against the Blue Jays and only 12,041 showed up. The Tuesday before that, the Rays played the Red Sox and 16,870 showed up. To have 17,402 show up on a Tuesday is huge…Roberto Hernandez. Think Not-Fausto knows his job is in jeopardy? This win was big for several reasons. His complete game win, in which he didn’t allow a run until 2 outs in the ninth, was the seventh for the Rays this month and just keeps things rolling. It also shows that the Rays and Joe Maddon have a nice problem, too many quality starting pitchers. But more importantly, today is the trade deadline and anybody needing a starting pitcher is suddenly a little more interested in Roberto Hernandez…Rolling. When was the last time the Rays played a bad game? I mean, one of those game where you know it is over early and there is no hope. The Rays were shut out by JA Dickey on June 26, but they only lost that game 3-0. You have to go back to June 14 to find a game in which the Rays lost by more than 4 runs. They lost 7-2 to the Royals. And the night before that they lost 10-1 to the Royals. That’s more than 6 weeks ago. All teams have bad games. But the Rays are so good right now that even their bad games are not really bad. Amazing what a strong rotation can do.
THE BAD: Evan Longoria. Bad is not the right word. Worrisome is probably better. His 0-5 with 2 Ks last night ended an 11-game hitting streak. But he only had 13 hits during that hitting streak. And since July 3rd, he is hitting .187 (17-91) with 34 strikeouts in 23 games. We see occasional glimpses of his greatness, which seem to happen just often enough to give the allure that he’s fine. But it has been a long time since he was hot at the plate.
THE TELLING: Ryan Roberts was pulled from the Durham Bulls game after 2 at bats. There is speculation that he could either be traded to called up if somebody else (Kelly Johnson?) is traded…The game included a 20-minute delay when a storm knocked some of the lights out…The Rays are now 64-43, one-half game ahead of the Red Sox and 5 games ahead of the Orioles for the second Wild Card spot. The AL playoff picture is clearing up. In reality, there are seven teams still alive for the 5 playoff spots with the Indians a half-game behind the Orioles for the second Wild Card and the Rangers 1.0 game back.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- The Red Sox traded for Jake Peavy. [MLBTR]
- 800 missed calls at home plate this season. One goes against the Red Sox and now people are screaming to change the rules? Well, if that’s what it takes to get more instant replay then I am even more glad the call was blown. [BI Sports]
- One walk-off home run. Three calls. One was good. One was great. And then there was Hawk Harrelson. [BI Sports]
- Don’t forget, Joe and the Big Dog will go head-to-head at 5 pm. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
The best hitter for the Durham Bulls this season has been Vince Belnome (he’s 25, was drafted in the 28th round and is in his second organization). Here he is hitting a home run on Monday night…
DURHAM 6, Toledo 2. Merrill Kelly held the Mud Hens to 1 run in 5 innings. He did not strike out a batter, walked 3…Tim Beckham 1-4 with a walk.
Mississippi 7, MONTGOMERY 4. C Curt Casali was 3-3 with a double and 2 RBI…Mike Colla gave up 7 runs in 6 innings.
Lakeland 8, CHARLOTTE 4. Drew Vettleson was 2-5 with a double. He’s hitting .281…Richie Shaffer went 1-4 with a double.
Dayton 6, BOWLING GREEN 2. Blake Snell struck out 7 and walked 2 in 6 innings. He allowed 1 run…Andrew Toles was 3-5 and raised his average to .318.