The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
RAYS 4, Cleveland 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Alex Cobb. Cobber had the splitter working and was absolutely masterful. In 6.2 shutout innings he struck out 5, walked 1, and got 9 groundball outs to just 2 flyball outs. Is anybody worried when he takes the mound?…Andrew Friedman. I should probably put Delmon Young here, but let’s face it, it was Friedman that recognized that Young could potentially help the team as a right-handed DH. But even he couldn’t have predicted this would happen. In the latest, most important game of the season, Young was in the game at DH against a right-handed pitcher and Young took the first pitch of the 3rd inning out of the park to get the scoring started…James Loney. It looked like Cleveland was going to break through and get at least one run in the 5th inning when they got runners on 1st and 3rd with no outs. But Cobb struck out Michael Bourn and then Nick Swisher grounded out to James Loney, who instead of trying for the double play, stepped on the bag and quickly threw the ball home, sending the runner back to third. Cobber then got the next batter to ground out back to the mound and the threat was squashed.
THE BAD: Indians Front Office. The Indians had an opportunity to make their 25-man roster be whatever they wanted and they included 11 pitchers. Maybe they were worried the game would go 36 innings. Nobody does matchups better than Joe Maddon and the Indians gave Maddon a huge advantage by limiting the number of pinch-hitter possibilities. At the same time, Maddon had a deep bench and had nearly infinite possibilities on defense and at the plate…Indians Fans. I’m still amazed that this actually happened. When I mentioned that on Twitter last night, the responses from Cleveland fans were less than polite and at times, less than intelligent.
THE TELLING: Tickets for game 3 and 4 of the ALDS will go on sale at RaysBaseball.com on Friday at 1pm…The Rays now play the Red Sox in Boston on Friday night in game one of the ALDS. It will be the fourth different city the Rays will have played in over the course of six days. Friday and Saturday will also be the 9th and 10th straight road games. The Rays will return home on Monday for the first time since Sept. 23.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Andrew Friedman on the unanimous decision to add Kevin Kiermaier to the Wild Card roster: ““I said, ‘Hold on a minute. We got to back up. I know we like crazy. This is who we are, but we can’t gloss over this,’ ” [TBO.com]
- The Rays paid just $630,000 in payroll for every win this season. The Yankees paid $3.03 million. [BI Sports]
- David Price did a fun Q&A with Jimmy Traina of SI.com. [SI.com]
- Yankees attendance was down 7.4% this season, and their TV ratings were down 31.2%. [BI Sports]
- The DBAP is getting some renovations. [WDBB]
- MLBTR profiles free agent pitcher Jesse Crain. That was a great investment. [MLBTR]