9-23-2013 8-32-23 PMThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

RAYS 5, Orioles 4 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: James Loney. Loney only saw two pitches, but he made the most of the second pitch, ending the game with a walk-off home run…Wil Myers. The Rays got a little lucky when Alexi Casilla’s head hit the knee of the outfielder forcing him to drop the ball, but once again it was Myers driving in two key runs, tying the game in the 7th inning. If Myers is on the bench for any game with the playoffs still on the line in the final week my head might explode…The Bullpen. The Rays have 500 relievers in the bullpen right now, so that allowed Joe Maddon to play matchups over the last 4.2 innings and it worked. After Wesley Wright relieved Chris Archer and walked the only batter he faced, the next five relievers faced 18 batters, gave up just 5 hits and a walk and did not allow a run. And they did it by throwing strikes and getting ahead. Of those 18 batters, the bullpen threw 12 first-pitch strikes.

THE BAD: The Orioles. I get that the Orioles are fighting for a playoff spot late in a tie game and they had already lost Manny Machado earlier in the game. But when Alexi Casilla’s head hit the knee of Nick Markakis he was out cold for a few moments. And yet, he STAYED IN THE GAME. What sport still allows a player to be knocked unconscious and continue to play? Oh, Major League Baseball apparently.

THE TELLING: Alex Cobb was named the AL Player of the Week…James Loney did not start the game because Joe Maddon thought he looked tiredWith Tim Beckham making his first big league start at second base Ben Zobrist started his first game in the outfield in 40 games…The Rays are now 87-69 with a 1-game lead over the Indians and a 2-game lead over the Rangers. If the Rays go 3-3 in the final six games, the Rangers would have to go 6-0 to pass the Rays.


  • What made the walk-off home run even more amazing is how much James Loney has struggled against inside pitches. [ESPN]
  • A visual update on the Wild Card race. [@WatchingDBulls]
  • This was before yesterday’s action, but here is a team-by-team breakdown of the AL Wild Card race. [ESPN]
  • The Rays called up JD Martin for bullpen depth and then had to DFA him the next day to make room for Jesse Crain. While this seems cruel, and some in Durham are upset, it probably made no difference to Martin’s future. The Bulls’ season was over and Martin was likely to be a free agent. So instead of going straight to free agency, Martin got to wear a big league uni for a day and got paid to do it. [WDBB]
  • The 15 best GIFs from week 3 in the NFL. [BI Sports]
  • Greg Schiano doesn’t seem to think he has enough talent to win. [JoeBucsFan]




  1. KT says:

    DeJesus needs to practice finding the ball in the roof of The Trop. But that's the only negative thing I'll say. Go RAYS!!!!!

  2. AJNO says:

    one other item of note. "Exposing" JD to waivers, does just that. it EXPOSES him. should another team show interest in the AAA Cy Young pitcher for the stretch run, they would have to claim him, and then the Rays could demand some minute amt of value from said team. If he clears waivers, then the rays should be free to negotiate to bring him back for 2014, which i think they should do, anyway. At least this way, HE and the Rays will have an idea of his market value, without him having to truly go "on the market..."

    • Lane Meyer says:

      Good point. At 30 years old, I doubt he's in the long term plans of the club, but he is a nice insurance policy if they can keep him.

    • Dave L says:

      I read that WDBB blog and that was possibly the silliest beef I have ever read, I could see it from a disgruntled myopic idealistic teenage Bulls fan but a serious blogger? Respect? For what?

      The rays are chasing a wild card berth and a WS title. The org can respect him in the offseason with a plaque or whatever.

      This is the real world not LL baseball.

      Plus say bye to the Rays and say bye to AF who though may not be the best draft mind certainly has the best eye in MLB for talent ready to blossom which stocked the bulls clubhouse with winning players.

      Rooting for the Indians? Hating on the org that gives you championship quality players year in and year out? Man you've lost your perspective

  3. mp645 says:

    Casilla should have been removed from the game on a stretcher and taken to the hospital for a neurological evaluation. Loss of consciousness is never an OK thing to have. On the replay, his head twisted back and forth. Very terrible to watch.

    He never should have been allowed to continue playing. Where is Showatler's head? This was serious and just because the player says he is OK doesn't make it so!


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