The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
RAYS 4, Yankees 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Mo Rivera. This isn’t the first time I have said this, nor am I the first person to say this. But as much as I hate the Yankees, there is no player I have respected more in baseball over the last 19 years than Mariano Rivera. Watching that moment last night was amazing. Mo will be missed (until the Yankees have a 3-2 lead in the 9th against the Rays next year)…Alex Cobb. How good is this kid? I (and others) have said that Cobb is basically a younger, cheaper James Shields. But at this point it is easy to imagine that Cobb will be better than Shields. And you can make an argument that Cobb is actually already better than Shields ever was. Shields was always capable of that 4-hit shutout. But outside of his 2011 season, Shields was inconsistent. Cobber is great and consistent. And even then, in 2011, when Shields had 11 complete games and 4 shutouts, his ERA was 2.82 and his FIP was 3.42. Alex Cobb’s ERA this season is 2.76 and his FIP is 3.36. Alex Cobb is a better pitcher than James Shields…Evan Longoria. Evan Longoria is dialed in right now. Two more hits and drove in 3 runs. If the Rays get into the postseason and past the Wild Card, this could be a fun October.
THE BAD: Injuries. Still no sign of Desmond Jennings and Yunel Escobar was a late scratch from the lineup. However, he did enter the game late. Why he wasn’t OK at 7:00 and he was OK at 8:30 is beyond me, but whatever. Jose Lobaton did start, so there is that…Jesse Crain. Crain has been activated, but he is still not 100% and now it looks like he will never pitch for the Rays. He is unlikely to pitch this weekend and he almost certainly won’t be added to the postseason roster.
THE TELLING: JD Martin has cleared waivers and accepted his demotion to triple-A Durham…Tonight is almost certainly Jeremy Hellickson’s last start of the season as he will likely be the odd-man out of the rotation if the Rays are in the postseason…If the Rays play in the Wild Card, David Price will be the starting pitcher. If they play the Indians, the Rays won’t face Scott Kazmir or Ubaldo Jimenez. That means it will probably be Justin Masterson (or not, see comments)…If there is a tie for the second Wild Card spot, it would most likely be played on Monday as all teams play Sunday afternoon. If the Rays and another team tie for the two Wild Card spots, the Wild Card would be at The Trop if the other team is the Indians. The Wild Card would be in Arlington if the Rangers are the other team…The Rays are now 90-69 and remain 1 game ahead of the Indians and 2 games ahead of the Rangers, both of whom won close games last night. But with 3 games remaining, the Rays now have a 94.8% chance of making the playoffs. The Rays need just one win or one Rangers loss in the last 3 days to clinch at least a play-in game on Monday (presumably).
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- I posted some of the screengrabs in this morning’s Images and GIFs post. But if you want a full rundown of pics and images, you can click here. [BI Sports]
- And you can see the full video at this link. [BI Sports]
- The Rays were thrilled to be a part of Mariano Rivera’s final moment at Yankee Stadium. [MLB.com]
- This is cool. All 3 Wild Card teams finishing strong makes for a fun race. It’s the anti-2011 Red Sox. Well, that one was fun for us. [WDBB]
- Danny Knobler is the latest to speculate that the Rays will trade David Price this winter. [CBSSports.com]
- Montreal wants another baseball team. Good luck with that. [Montreal Gazette]
- Will Wil Myers haunt the dreams of Royals fans? It sure seems like it. [Grantland]
- Is Robinson Cano worth $30 million per year? Probably. But is he worth a 10-year commitment? HAHAHAHA. [BISports]