The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
RAYS 2, Red Sox 1 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: David Price. He might be the best pitcher in the AL right now. That is all…Sam Fuld. I’m not going to lie. When I saw Fuld racing over to cut off Desmond Jennings on the flyball in the 8th I was already wondering why Jennings would allow that. Fuld typically has an AWFUL arm. Jennings’ arm isn’t great, but I’d trust him on a big throw before I’d trust Fuld. But sure enough, just as I am screaming at the TV, Fuld unleashed the best throw of his career, a one-hopper to Molina for the inning-ending double-play. To be fair, the runner was probably safe. But we’ll take it.
THE BAD: Joe Maddon. I hate putting JoeMa in the bad. But when you make radical choices as a manager, not all of them are going to work. And some are truly head-scratching. Like Maddon’s decision to bring Price back after a 39 minute rain delay in the 8th inning only to pull him after striking out the first batter he faced. And really, the delay was much longer for Price since all he had were a handful of warmup pitches before the delay started. Price did fall behind 3-0 to Gomes before striking him out. But it should not have been a surprise that there would have been a little bit of rust. And sure enough, Price’s first fastball of the at bat was 91. The last pitch of the at bat was 94. If there was a concern at all, don’t bring Price back. If not concerned, at least give him a couple of batters to see if he shakes off the rust. Maddon made a choice and then immediately second-guessed himself.
THE TELLING: Alex Cobb willthrow a simulated game today and could restart his rehab assignment on Saturday…Tim Beckham has 10 hits in his last 6 games and has his OBP up to .339 (.278 AVG). He also has 4 walks in the last 7 games with just 3 Ks. It’s a small sample, but a promising sign that he is finally putting it together…The Rays are now 63-43, a half-game ahead of the Red Sox and 5.5 games ahead of the Indians for the second Wild Card. According to CoolStandings.com, the Rays have a 90.5% chance of making the playoffs and a 48.1% chance of winning the division.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- If you missed it, David Ortiz destroyed a phone and the Rays’ Twitter account had a great reaction. [BI Sports]
- The Rays are now on top of at least one Power Ranking. [New York Post]
- The vendetta against Alex Rodriguez is reaching disturbing levels. Less effort is put into convicting criminals. [BI Sports]
- Local hero Tino Martinez was accused of choking for Rays prospect Derek Dietrich. [BI Sports]
- Bucs training camp video from 2003. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Here is Tim Beckham’s double from two nights ago…
Columbus 5, DURHAM 4. Mike Montgomery allowed 5 runs (4 earned) in 6.2 innings. He struck out 2 and walked 5…Vince Belnome was 1-3 with a walk and his 8th home run…Mike Fontenot hit his 3rd and drove in 3.
Mississippi 4, MONTGOMERY 2. Mikie Mahtook went 2-4 with a double and a home run, his 5th.
CHARLOTTE 6, Lakeland 3. Brandon Gomes struck out 3 but gave up 2 runs in his 1.2 inning rehab assignment. The big blow was a 2-run home run…Alejandro Segovia hit his 14th home run and was a single short of the cycle….Drew Vettleson went 2-5 with 3 RBI.
Lansing 6, BOWLING GREEN 5. Andrew Toles went 1-2 with his 48th stolen base. That leads the Midwest League…Leonardo Reginatto went 2-5 to raise his average to .321.