9-4-2013 11-19-20 PMThe 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

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9 Comments

  1. Sarah says:

    May I add, Myers hit two home runs against a challenging righty. Very good sign. Yeah, the team didn’t get a whole lot of hits, but who cares? They got the hits they needed.

  2. Gus says:

    Myers has had a good series. I’m thinking seperating streaky hitters like him and Longo in the line-up is probably a pretty good idea.

    The perfromances after a Rays starter returns from the DL-Minors are incredible. Whatever they are doing to get guys ready is impressive. It also shows that the grind on these guys is real and the human touch matters.

    Today in Joe “maddening” moves:
    Top of 9th, 3-1 game, 1st and 2nd nobody out with 3 catchers on the roster, Molina coming to the plate. A double play threat, he can’t swing away. 3 failed bunt attempts (he pulled back on strike one), a rally killed. Why Maddon doesn’t have a better bunter/pinch hitter there is beyond me. Especially when Molina was dropping strikes (and gettting them turned into balls), and he did it again in the 9th with Rodney.

    Thankfully, Rodney was filthy and it did not matter. But letting Molina bat there with 10 bench players available is maybe the single worst move Maddon has made all season. (To his credit, he realized Hellickson’s 6th inning has been his waterloo all season (going back to KC in May), and he got him out, so kudos there.) Anybody see any possible justification for letting Molina go to the plate in that situation?

    • Sarah says:

      None (on Molina). But agree on the Hellickson observation. After his last few starts Hellickson seemed to be completely finished. When they “sent him to Charlotte” I was perplexed how simply giving him a few days off would do any good. But….I guess they aren’t so bad at managing this staff — indeed I’d have to say that over the past few years, cultivating and managing an effective starting rotation has been the organization’s strength. With the extended bullpen, if they can get a good 5 – 6 innings out of Hellickson a few more times that’s all we need.

      Now, let’s make sure that whatever plagued Archer earlier this week got exorcized before he faces Boston!

      • Burn H. says:

        I believe that the Ray sent the message to Helli by sending him down to where ever, that he still has options and should try to preform what ever Hickey asks of him.

  3. OriginalTom says:

    Great article on Longoria at http://www.Gammonsdaily.com.

    • Beth says:

      Yes, nice shout out to Longo, but did the writer really need to open to article with the usual reference to Rays attendance? And then imply that if Longoria doesn’t get the notice of some other stars its because he plays where he plays? Can anyone outside our own region ever write about the Rays without making the entire operation sound like we’re just one cut above the minors?

      • Gus says:

        The timing of the article is curious. For the last 6 weeks or so, Longoria has not looked anything like an underrated superstar. He’d admit that himself — just look at his tweets. He’s a great streaky hitter with a bad foot who can barely run at this point in the season. I’m guessing they are managing the cortizone shots in his foot to try and get him through the season, but that heel pain is no joke. I jush wish they’d get back to the plan of DH’ing him once every 5 games or so to spare his body and help his batting. Maybe with Myers back among the living, Maddon will feel conifdent enough to do just that.

  4. Dave L says:

    Can Myers and Longo ever show up simultaneously in a game? or even a series?

    They are like Superman and Clark Kent and I feel like Jimmy Olsen noticing they never have great games or even are hot at the same time.

    I think realistically our end game ultimate dream relies on them both putting it all together for an epic end of Sept to October run.

    We can get to the playoffs with our pitching and them taking turns carrying the team to just enough wins to get a wild card but to win it all we need them both to maximize thier abilities at the end.

    Every other position player is a role player who will do just enough to get us there but the offensive play of those two at the end will determine if we can win it all.

    • Sarah says:

      Superman and Clark Kent indeed! I think there was one game a while ago in which they both got multiple hits and I remember thinking, “ah, so this is what an offense looks like!”

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