8-28-2013 8-57-21 PMThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

RAYS 4, Angels 1 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Big Tree. The Rays are now 10-3 in Chris Archer’s last 13 starts and they are 3-0 in his 3 starts since he declared that Trees just need some weather to grow. In the last 21 games, Rays starting pitchers have worked 7+ innings just 5 times. Two of those were by David Price and three were by Chris Archer. When Price eventually leaves for richer pastures, Matt Moore, Alex Cobb, and Big Tree are going to ease that pain…David DeJesus. In his first 5 games with the Rays, DeJesus has 7 hits with 2 walks and he is 6-11 in the 3 games when he was the leadoff hitter…Fernando Rodney. Jose Lobaton just missed a home run in the bottom of the 8th that would have extended the lead to 4 runs. There was some speculation that Jamey Wright would have come in if that happened. But I wonder if Joe Maddon would have still brought Rodney in after what happened the night before to get him an easy outing. On the other hand, does Rodney need some rest? And would Rodney have been as amped without a save on the line? Either way, he did come in with the 3-run lead and the 1-2-3 9th inning was nice to see.

THE BAD: Jesse Crain. We mentioned this in the Tailgating post, but it sounds like Crain is no closer to joining the Rays. When the trade was made I was a little perplexed about how excited everybody was. There were even non-Rays fans declaring “The Rays just won the division!” There were some legit red flags as Crain had just suffered a setback a few days before the trade and there was no guarantee that he would ever pitch for the Rays. And now that is looking like a reality.

THE TELLING: Luke Scott went 1-4 with Durham in his first rehab assignment game…Matt Moore will make a rehab start for the Durham Bulls tonight…The Rays released Cory Wade from their triple-A roster…The Rays sent Jeff Beliveau back to Durham to make room for Jake Odorizzi who will start today’s game…The Rays are now 75-56, 2.5 games behind the Red Sox and 4.5 games ahead of the Indians for the second Wild Card spot. According to CoolStandings.com, the Rays have a 77.9% chance of making the playoffs, but only a 21.0% chance of winning the division.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Stuart Sternberg and Matt Silverman recently met with Tampa business leaders on Wednesday. [TBO.com]
  • The Rays need a new closer? Umm, OK. [USA Today]
  • Well, Gary Shelton has no confidence in Fernando Rodney either. The funny thing about this column is that it looks like Shelton had to make some edits after Rodney’s perfect 9th inning last night as most of this was likely written before Rodney came into the game and after he imploded the night before. [TampaBay.com]
  • The Royals have a cup at Kaufmann Stadium that includes a picture of James Shields from his days with the Rays, photoshopped into a Royals uniform [Photo] [via Uni-watch]
  • Elliot Johnson did a postgame interview pretending to be a NASCAR driver. [MLB GIFs]
  • The MLB Network has hired a host for a new show that once had one of the all-time great sports radio rants. [BI Sports]
  • Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman are feuding. [JoeBucsFan]

DOWN ON THE FARM

DURHAM 5, Gwinnett 1. JD Martin, the IL’s pitcher of the year, allowed 1 run in 7.1 innings for his 16th win. He struck out 4 and walked none…Tim Beckham went 4-6 with a double and a home run, his 4th…Luke Scott went 1-4 with a walk.

MONTGOMERY. no game scheduled.

St. Lucie 2, CHARLOTTE 1 (10). Jacob Partridge allowed just 1 unearned run in 4 innings. He struck out 3…Richie Shaffer had 1 of the Stone Crabs’ 3 hits.

BOWLING GREEN 4, South Bend 1Jedd Ames held South Bend to 1 run in 5 innings on 3 hits and 2 walks. The lone run came on a solo home run. His ERA is now 2.98…Andrew Toles was 1-4 and was caught stealing in his only attempt.

HUDSON VALLEY 4, Connecticut 3 (11).

PRINCETON 9, Bristol 7.

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5 Comments

  1. DRR says:

    Beliveau went to Montgomery, not Durham.

  2. Gus says:

    Tim Beckham has FOUR HRs as a 23 year old finishing a third season in AAA? Good Lord. I guess I hadn’t been paying much attention to his power side and last year he had the suspension, but he had 6 HR in half the games. Can we say now that was a complete waste of $6.15M. On a good day, he’s Eliot Johnson (and that’s maybe being generous).

    • Chris D says:

      For all the hate Beckham gets here, he’s had his best year in AAA. He’s not a power guy, but for the first time since watching him, he’s actually doing a lot of the little things right. He’s also a plus defender this year despite a few more errors than you’d like to see.

      • Gus says:

        Not hating Beckham. He’s doing his best I’m sure. Just amazed that the No.1 overall pick has turned his “best case” to be a no-power utility player who doesn’t really run too much. Finishing his 23-year old season, it is hard to project much more power and the speed he does seem to have will start decreasing slowly as he hits his middle 20s This is as good as he’s probably ever going to be: a Sean Rodriquez-type with less power (but more contact) and getting drug tested twice a week as a repeat violator.

        I expect he’ll be on the 2014 Rays roster at some point or otherwise he’ll become the Mayor of Durham, succeeding Leslie Anderson.

  3. AJNO says:

    what happens to JD martin? will anyone give up a prospect for a 31yr old, AAA MVP? Can the Rays use him someplace other than a long reliever???

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