8-27-2013 9-28-40 PMThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

Angels 6, RAYS 5 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Jose Molina. 3-4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI. You take those from Molina when you can get them. It was just too bad it got wasted last night.

THE BAD: Desmond Jennings and the Middle Infielders. Desmond Jennings has to catch that flair in the 9th inning. But making matters worse, nobody was covering second base and the eventual go-ahead run moved up to second. Both runners would then score on the double by Erick Aybar…Fernando Rodney. Sometimes there is a sense that Rodney is easily deflated. That is, he loses his edge when things start to unravel. The fastball to Aybar on the go-ahead hit was 99 mph, so he didn’t let up. But his body language always seems off once he starts giving up base runners. I’m probably reading too much into that, but Rodney has always been one with a fragile personality. Joe Maddon recognized this early on and has gone out of his way to make Rodney feel loved. That is hard to do from the dugout in the middle of a 9th inning meltdown…Getting Nobody In. The rays left 9 runners on base in the first 4 innings and 12 runners in the first 6 innings. That is not easy to do.

THE TELLING: Jake Odorizzi will be called up on Thursday to start the afternoon game. David Price will now start Friday…The Rays are now 74-56, 2.5 games behind the Red Sox and 3.5 games ahead of the Indians for the second Wild Card.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Like many teams, the Rays are placing all of their players on waivers just to see who will clear and who would be claimed. Any player that is claimed can be pulled back without risk. [MLBTR]
  • Joe Maddon says he is not worried about Wil Myers and that “it’s just that he’s missing his pitch right now.” [TBO.com]
  • Losing in MLB can be quite profitable. [BI Sports]
  • College football season starts tomorrow. A lot of teams have new (and crazy) uniforms. Here’s a rundown. [BI Sports]
  • IS JOSH FREEMAN GETTING ENOUGH SNAPS!? [JoeBucsFan]

DOWN ON THE FARM

DURHAM 13, Charlotte 6. Matt Buschmann allowed 3 runs in 5 innings. He struck out 3…Tim Beckham went 3-5 with a double and a walk. He’s hitting .277. He also stole his 16th and 17th bases…Brandon Guyer went 3-5 with a double.

MONTGOMERY 8, Jacksonville 6Marquis Fleming struck out 8 and walked none in 5.2 innings. He gave up 3 runs…Shawn O’Malley went 3-4 with an RBI…Delmon Young  was 2-5 with an RBI.

St. Lucie 4, CHARLOTTE 2. Grayson Garvin gave up 4 runs (all unearned) in 3.2 innings…Willie Argo was 2-4 with 2 home runs, his 3rd and 4th.

BOWLING GREEN. no game scheduled

HUDSON VALLEY 7, Connecticut 4.

Elizabethton 6, PRINCETON 4.

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7 Comments

  1. Rob says:

    Was there last night and there was a feeling of impending doom the whole game. Just knew we were going to lose this one with all those stranded base runners. McGee and Rodney absolutely cannot walk the number 8 and 9 hitters to open the 7th and 9th innings.

  2. phil says:

    Where is Jesse Crain?

  3. chris says:

    What a waste of a solid start by Roberto. the bunt single wasn’t a sign of bad pitching. Can anyone tell me who should have been covering second on Desmond’s play? Ben? Has he (or Yunel) given any statement as to why the base was open?

  4. OriginalTom says:

    I wish Rodney would at least try to hold runners on. Bourjos was 1/3 of the way to 2B when the pitch left Rodney’s hand on the steal of second. If Bouhos was on first on the missed fly he probably would have been forced at 2B.

    Anyone know where exactly Escobar and Zobrist were on the ball Jennings missed?

  5. Gus says:

    Since he came back from the broken finger, Des has been awful. Awful at the plate, and missing catches he normally makes in the field. Myers hasn’t been very good lately either. A tough stretch, especially when you get a nice game out of Hernandez (Rob: I believe Roberto walked the leadoff guy in the 7th, but McGee did him no favors in relief).

    • Beth says:

      Makes me wonder if Des is still hurting. When he came back he said that he was told if was safe to play without doing damage; it would just be a question of pain tolerance. Well, maybe it’s hard to swing a bat when your finger is killing you. I doubt that explains the outfield error, but I have wondered about that watching him at the plate. He’s certainly had off stretches before, but this is about as bad as he’s looked.

  6. Allen says:

    I would think the management team would be able to tell if there is something physical impacting a player they’ve watched for multiple years, and they would take appropriate action. Perhaps that’s not the case. Jennings has been a major disappointment to me, even before his injury. I was hoping he could fill Crawford’s shoes, but so far he’s not coming close.

    It is good to see Hellickson get a break. He needs it psychologically. I’m thinking he should remain out for the rest of the season, but that probably won’t happen. He and Hernandez have the most innings pitched and look at their ERAs. Pathetic.

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