The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
RAYS 5, Red Sox 4 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Jose Lobaton. How improbable was Lobatron’s home run? Well, he probably wouldn’t have even been in the game if not for Wil Myers developing leg cramps. Even more improbable, was that Koji Uehara had only allowed one earned run in his last 41.1 innings and no home runs since June. But that didn’t stop Lobaton from putting just the third home run ever into the Rays tank…Joe Maddon. Once again, JoeMa proves that sometimes he is indeed the smartest man in the room and at times the luckiest. When Wil Myers developed a leg cramp, Maddon had Sam Fuld, Kelly Johnson, and Delmon Young available on the bench. Instead, he moved Matt Joyce from DH in right field. That move cost the Rays their DH, but it also meant that Maddon still had all of his bench players for later in the game when he would need the flexibility. Of course, there is no way Maddon could have predicted that Lobaton would later enter Myers’ original spot in the lineup in a double-switch and win the game, but that is what happened…Evan Longoria. When Longo stepped to the plate with the Rays trailing 3-0, the Rays had just a 17.0% chance of winning the game. After he hit his 3-run home run, the win expectancy jumped to 51.3%.
THE BAD: Alex Cobb. Cobb settled down, but he put the Rays in a hole early as he was clearly nervous for the playoff start. And he was lucky the hole wasn’t bigger than 1-0 in the first. Thankfully he settled down and even turned in a couple of fine defensive plays himself to limit the damage…No Replay. Twice the Rays threw a runner out on the basepaths and twice the umpires ruled the runners safe. One of those runners would then score on a wild pitch. That play at third base was close and required super slo-mo to see that he was out. So it wasn’t necessarily a terrible call by the umpire. But instant replay would have seen it and MLB has dragged their feet and won’t expand it until next year… Boston Media. There are some good ones. But there are so many homerific hacks it is unbelievable, including Peter Gammons, who is quickly losing any and all credibility he has built up over a fine career.
THE TELLING: Jose Lobaton became the 46th player in MLB history to hit a walk-off home run in the postseason…The game was a sellout and the number of Rays fans greatly outnumbered the Red Sox fans…First pitch for game 4 is 8:37.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- “Rays fans the most fraudulent in baseball.” [Boston.com]
- This was written prior to game 3, but it is making a case that the Rays are still very much alive. [SportsOnEarth]
- What would it cost to trade for David Price? [ESPN Insider]
- Peter King had some harsh words for David Price. Yes, Peter King. [MMQB]
Evan Longoria’s 3-run home run (Dave Wills’ call on WDAE comes at the 0:50 mark of this video)…