8-19-2013 8-18-01 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, Orioles 3 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Jose Molina. Fernando Rodney gave up a lead-off single in the 9th inning, but Molina came up big, throwing out Alexi Casilla to erase the runner and squash the rally…Jake McGee. After the Orioles pulled within 1 run in the 7th inning, McGee came in with 2 runners on and got out of the inning. Then, after giving up a 1-out double in the 8th, he struck out the next two batters to kill that rally…Got One Back. Remember those games early in the season when a call or a bad break went against the Rays? This was just the opposite. The Rays did not deserve to win this game. In all, the Orioles had 19 baserunners and scored just 3 runs. That is hard to do.

THE BAD: David Price. King David faced 27 batters. Ten got hits and two drew walks. He got some help from the defense behind him but the defense also failed him a couple of times. But the worrisome aspect is that this was the 3rd start of the last 4 in which Price had reduced velocity on his fastball, reaching just 92-93. During his hot streak in July, his fastball was 94-95. And that may have been why Price leaned heavily on his changeup. Of his 99 pitches, 27 (27.3%) were changeups. That is the highest percentage of the season for Price…Catch the Ball. I don’t want to imply that leaping and catching a ball at the wall is easy, but it seems like the Rays just miss catching those balls ALL THE TIMEThe latest was Desmond Jennings leaping on ball that he might not have needed to jump for. And then there was Jason Bourgeois who dropped a catchable flyball in left field. And then there was Jose Molina dropping a strike three, foul tip that was momentarily in his glove.

THE TELLING: Joe Maddon says the catchers will continue to split the games 50-50Matt Moore may pitch a simulated game this weekend but may not be ready to return until the west coast trip that begins Aug. 30. Also, it sounds like Roberto Hernandez will be skipped in the next turn through the rotation…The Rays are now 71-52, 1 game behind the Red Sox and 4.5 games ahead of the Orioles for the second Wild Card spot.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Here is a closer look at the playoff race in the AL East and how it has changed over the course of the season. [BI Sports]
  • The Rays may lose revenue from their huge billboard as the advertisements on the big sign have not been approved and likely won’t be. [TBO.com]
  • On Sunday, a Rays fan was ejected and then reinstated after Evan Longoria’s home run was reviewed. Here it is in images and GIFs. My question: If it was originally ruled a home run, why was he removed from his seat before the umpired reviewed the call? [BI Sports]
  • The Rays’ uniforms are ranked 18th in MLB. [ESPN.com]
  • Former Rays reliever Dane De La Rosa is now one of the co-closers for the Angels. [MLB.com]
  • Mike Williams Beard is back. [JoeBucsFan]

DOWN ON THE FARM

Charlotte 1, DURHAM 0. Jake Odorizzi struck out 7 and walked none in 7 innings. He allowed just 1 run on 4 hits…Tim Beckham went 1-4 with a strikeout…Leslie Anderson was 0-3 and is now hitting .300…Ryan Roberts was 0-4 with a strikeout.

Mississippi 4, MONTGOMERY 0 (gm 1). The Biscuits managed just 2 hits in the 7-inning game.

MONTGOMERY 5, Mississippi 4 (gm 2). Mikie Mahtook’s 2-out single in the 9th inning was the walk-off game-winner. He finished 3-5…Victor Mateo allowed just 2 unearned runs in 6 innings with 4 strikeouts and 1 walk.

CHARLOTTE. no game scheduled.

BOWLING GREEN 7, South Bend 2. Kevin Brandt struck out 7 and walked just 1 in 6 innings. He allowed 2 runs, both on a 6th inning home run…Andrew Toles was 1-5.

Aberdeen 5, HUDSON VALLEY 3.

PRINCETON 2, Danville 1 (11).

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9 Comments

  1. Drew says:

    Incorrect on Price’s fastball last night. He averaged 93.3 and hit 95/96 a few times. (This is me looking at the pitch f/x and also from listening to the radio broadcast, where Willis and Freed commented on his velocity a few times.)

    • Cork Gaines says:

      1) 93.3 was just his 2-seemer. If you look at ALL of his fastballs (FA), they averaged 92.7. That would be within the 92-93 range.

      2) Stadium guns are notoriously inaccurate and are almost always “juiced” to create buzz in the crowd. According to PitchF/x his maximum speed on a fastball last night was 95.15.

      3) I didn’t say ALL of his fastballs were 92-93. That was just where they were typically and the 92.7 average for all fastballs supports that. In his last start, the AVERAGE was 92.0. On August 3, it was 91.7. In three starts from July 19 through July 29, the average was 94.8, 94.6, 93.9.

  2. Gus says:

    The Orioles’ fans are living the payback for last year’s crazy good record in 1-run games. This was a soul-crushing loss for them. Personally, I would like to see the Rays try and drive the stake in the heart of the Orioles on this trip because that is one team that seems to have the Rays figured out and I want no part of in the post-season.

    Not often in the good, but Brian Anderson has been so good this year. I think he has surpassed Joe Magrane because he suffers with the fans. Plus, his family members are not steroid dealers and alleged (but likely) murderers. One more reason to prefer the Rays over the Red Sox. (The Red Sox games don’t sound like the Red Sox games without Jerry Remy — who I actually really like).

  3. rome says:

    The catches. It is very tough to catch a fly ball on the run. You are taught very early to run to the spot where you think the ball will land. So, as an outfielder, you trying to judge the trajectory. As you are running, in your mind you are remembering that the wall is coming up. It’s similar to when you were young and racing underwater knowing that you are going to run into the edge of the pool, so you have your hand up sometimes feet before the wall. While Desmond is running, he is also feeling the warning track so he knows the wall is coming up. With all the variables, he just missed the catch by inches. Catching like that comes down to luck and skill.

    Bourgeois’ catch was a tough break. I think maybe he was thinking the all was closer, just missed the catch. Great angle. Great read. Just bad catch. It’s a tough play, I think we are forgetting that.

    Molina, again tough break. We are spoiled so often by seeing this plays happen on the regular to realize just how special it is to catch a foul tip.

    Baseball is a game of inches, and those three catches are great examples of the inches that were missed.

  4. KT says:

    I disagree about the Rays not deserving of the win bit. The games earlier in the season were just flat out bad calls that should have been avoided, but that’s baseball. Last nights game, was more about the Rays, namely Price, showing toughness and battling to hold on. To me they absolutely deserved to win, because they were tough when it mattered most. The game wasn’t decided by an umpire. Yeah they caught some breaks but so did the O’s, the bases loaded no outs line drive double play against The Rays showed that. Just my opinion, Go Rays!

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