The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
Rangers 7, RAYS 1 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Wil Myers. Unfortunately this is not basketball and you can’t just keep feeding Myers the rock every time down the court. Because if you could, the Rays would have clinched a playoff spot by now.
THE BAD: Jeremy Hellickson. At this point this is Hellickson. He is a pitcher that is capable of have a good night and he is capable of having a horrible night. Sure, he can tinker with some thing. He can try to fix something. He can even take a short vacation to clear his head. But none of that is going to stop the occasional 3-inning, 5-run performance. Some pitchers have enough stuff to get through the off-nights, Hellickson does not…Schedule Gods. These next two games are crucial for the Rays because there is a good chance it will be the Rays and Rangers battling for the final Wild Card spot.
THE TELLING: As we mentioned late last night, Tim Beckham has been promoted. Look for him to mostly be an extra middle infielder off the bench to give Joe Maddon some late-inning flexibility. Depending on matchups, he might get 1-2 starts down the stretch. Maddon also likes to throw guys into the mix right away. But considering the importance of tonight’s game, it will be interesting to see if Beckham starts tonight. In addition, the Rays also added Freddy Guzman to the roster and Jake Odorizzi, who started last night for Durham, will be promoted later this week. This was the first time the Rangers had even led a game in 8 games…The Rays are now 82-68, tied with the Rangers for the Wild Card lead. The Indians are once again a half-game back (1 game back in the loss column). The Orioles are 2 games back and the Royals and Yankees are 4 games behind in the loss column. After the Indians play the Royals tonight, their final 10 games are against the 3 worst teams in the AL (Hou, CHW, Min). Meanwhile, the Rays have their next 9 games against teams that are still alive and then finish with 3 in Toronto.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- There is a 50/50 chance Jesse Crain will be activated tonight. [TBO.com]
- Video of the Golf Channel host channeling her inner-Guy Boucher as she used a golf club to deliver the Rays’ first pitch. [BI Sports]
- Here is a profile of Roberto Hernandez’ pending free agency. [MLBTR]
- Is it possible that both the Rays and the Royals won the Shields-for-Myers deal? [Deadspin]
- Darrelle Revis and Greg Schiano kissed and made up. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Omaha 2, DURHAM 1. The Bulls lost the triple-A championship and it didn’t feel as close as the score would indicate. The Bulls didn’t even have a baserunner until two outs in the 7th inning when Tim Beckham delivered a single. The lone run came in the bottom of the 8th on a Leslie Anderson home run.
MONTGOMERY. The Biscuits finished the season 71-69.
CHARLOTTE. The Stone Crabs finished the regular season 67-65. They lost their playoff series 3-0.
BOWLING GREEN. The Hot Rods finished the regular season 82-56. Bowling Green lost their first round playoff series 2-0.
HUDSON VALLEY. The Renegades finished the season 38-37.
PRINCETON. The Rays finished the season 25-43.