The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
Kansas City 11, RAYS 1 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Matt Joyce. Joyce was 3-3 and is now 18-45 (.400) in the last 16 games (11 starts). Over that stretch he also has 3 home runs and 7 walks with just 6 strikeouts.
THE BAD: Bad Luck. The 10-run loss was the second-worst of the season for the Rays. The only loss worse was to the Indians in game no. 6, a 13-0 drubbing. In hindsight, the Rays may have been better off just taking the forfeit and not flying to Kansas City for one day just to turn around and fly home after the game. Or maybe the Rays should have taken a skeleton crew, leaving guys like Evan Longoria, Ben Zobrist, Fernando Rodney, and Joel Peralta at home. Instead, the Rays took an ugly loss and now are tired for tonight’s series-opening matchup against the Angels. Then, on Thursday afternoon, the Rays have to fly to the West Coast for a grueling 10-game road trip…Jeremy Hellickson. In his last 6 starts, Hellickson has thrown 25 innings, given up 42 hits, 11 walks, and struck out just 13. His ERA over that span is 9.00. Compare that to the last 6 starts for Roberto Hernandez: 34.1 innings, 41 hits, 6 walks, 20 strikeouts and a 5.24 ERA. As bad as Hernandez has been, Hellickson has been much worse. There has been something mechanically wrong with Hellickson for a while now. And now it sure seems like he is also mentally messed-up. I’ve always hesitated comparing Hellickson to Andy Sonnanstine. Hellboy has more talent than The Duke. But like Sonnanstine he is a right-handed pitcher that can’t get by with “stuff” when he is not hitting his spots. And the longer he is in the big leagues, the better the hitters will be at reading Hellickson and knowing his tendencies. Like a young hitter with holes in his swing, eventually hitters will find the holes in a pitcher’s arsenal. If it were earlier in the season, a trip to the DL with a bruised psyche would be the next step for Hellickson. But the Rays can expand the roster in four days, so that is less important now. But we shouldn’t be surprised if Hellickson is skipped in the rotation in the near future.
THE TELLING: Attendance was announced as 20,546. But according to Dave Brown, the actual attendance was announced to the press box as “just under 5,000″…Joe Maddon was ejected. If you missed it, you can see the video at this link…The Ray are now 74-55, 1.5 games behind the Red Sox and 3.5 games ahead of the Indians for the second Wild Card.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- J.D. Martin, who is 15-4 with a 2.84 ERA, was named the International League’s MVP. Charlie Montoyo was named the IL’s Manager of the Year.
- Joe Maddon discussed how he handled the rough 1-day road trip. [TampaBay.com]
- Keith Olbermann returned to ESPN last night. Here is what it looked like. [BI Sports]
- Shaun King had some harsh words for Greg Schiano. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Charlotte 4, DURHAM 3. Merrill Kelly gave up 4 runs (2 earned) in 5 innings. He struck out 6 and walked 1…Tim Beckham went 0-2 with a walk…Ryan Roberts had a 3-run double, ending an 0-26 skid.
Jacksonville 9, MONTGOMERY 0. Enny Romero gave up 4 runs in 3 innings, giving up 3 hits and walking 7. His ERA is now 2.76…The Biscuits managed just 2 hits.
St. Lucie 5, CHARLOTTE 2. Willie Argo went 1-4 with a walk and stole his 36th and 37th base. That is the second in the Florida State League.
Fort Wayne 7, BOWLING GREEN 4. Andrew Toles was 2-4 with 2 doubles and stole 3 bases. He now has 61 steals on the season. Only three players in all of the Minor Leagues have more stolen bases. His .327 average also leads the Midwest League.