The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
RAYS 3, Angels 1 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Wil Myers. This team doesn’t need a lot of offense. You knew that Myers would eventually get going again and boy is he going, hitting two LONG home runs last night, accounting for all three runs…Jeremy Hellickson. Helly looked like a man on a mission last night. There was just a little more fire in his eyes than we typically see (which is not much). And when Joe Maddon came to take Hellickson out in the 6th inning, he was pissed. Hellickson can be a good pitcher, but everything has to be clicking and that includes mentally. It would seem that his time away did wonders for his confidence…Joe Maddon. Many people wondered why Maddon pulled Hellickson in the 6th inning despite only throwing 71 pitches and not allowing a run. This was the right thing to do for two reasons: 1) We’ve seen Hellickson come apart very quickly in the past and Helly had just given up a double to Mike Trout; 2) Considering where Hellickson has been recently, it was good for Maddon to get Hellickson out of the game on a high note and with a good feeling. In this case, pulling Helly early was smart.
THE BAD: Hits. Wil Myers had three hits. The rest of the lineup went 4-29. Myers can’t hit two home runs every night…The Red Sox. The Rays are not going to catch the Red Sox. They look like the best team in baseball right now and they are playing with an immense amount of confidence. Since the beginning of August, the Red Sox have scored at least 12 runs in a game four times, including 20 last night. Over that span (32 games), they are averaging 5.5 runs per game and are .284. For comparison, the Rays are averaging 3.4 runs per game and are hitting .252.
THE TELLING: The Rays are 76-61, 6 games behind the Red Sox and 2.5 games ahead of the Yankees for the second Wild Card spot.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Yahoo! writer says the Yankees have “a renewed look to them” after beating the Rays two-out-of-three last weekend. Only one problem, the Rays won two of those games, not the Yankees (thanks, Paul). [Yahoo! Sports]
- David Price is not sure he will be fresher this September because of his time off. [TBO.com]
- The Bucs are the 19th oldest team in the NFL. [BI Sports]
- Listen to Joe’s appearance on WDAE. But be warned, if you do, you won’t feel good about the defensive line. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
DURHAM 2, Indianapolis 0 (The Bulls lead the best-of-5 series 1-0). Tim Beckham drove in the Bulls’ first run in the 8th inning with a single. He then scored the second run on a Vince Belnome single…Jake Odorizzi threw 7 shutout innings, giving up just 1 hit and 3 walks. He struck out 9.
MONTGOMERY. The Biscuits finished the season 71-69.
CHARLOTTE 2, Fort Myers 1 (10; Charlotte wins their best-of-3 series 2-0). The Stone Crabs scored both of their runs in the top of the 10th inning on wild pitches. Yes, that happened…Dylan Floro kept the Stone Crabs in the game tossing 8 shutout innings, striking out 3.
Fort Wayne 5, BOWLING GREEN 1 (Bowling Green trails their best-of-3 series 1-0). Jeff Ames gave up 5 runs (4 earned) in just 5 innings. He struck out 6 and walked none…The Hot Rods managed just 2 hits.
HUDSON VALLEY 4, Connecticut 1. The Renegades finished the season 38-37.
PRINCETON. The Rays finished the season 25-43