RAYS 5, Yankees 1 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Erik Bedard. Bedard was able to keep the walks to a minimum (just 1, which is impressive against the Yankees) and the result was perfect, 6 innings, just 1 run allowed. At this point, that is all we can hope for from Bedard, 6 innings and 1-2 runs. If he does that the Rays will win more of his starts than they lose…Bullpen. After what happened on Thursday and Friday (32 innings in 36 hours), Joe Maddon was limited in his bullpen choices on Saturday. The result was ugly. But on Sunday. Maddon was able to go back to his main guys and Jake McGee, Joel Peralta, and Grant Balfour combined for 3 shutout innings to nail down the win…Wil Myers. We are going to give Myers a pass for now and hope that his lack of hustle on his inside-the-park home run was just a one-time thing. But Myers has not hit enough home runs, especially opposite-field home runs, to be pimping a long flyball off the wall. Luckily Carlos Beltran fell asleep in right field and Myers was able to round the bases. He finished with 2 hits and 4 RBI.
THE BAD: Doug Eddings. I am usually an umpire apologist even when the calls don’t go the Rays’ way. But Eddings is awful. And to make matters worse, he was antagonizing Joe Maddon on Saturday. Maddon wanted to get ejected and Eddings wouldn’t do it, instead choosing to just yell back at Maddon from the field while missing a couple of crucial calls…Jake Odorizzi. We’ll have more on Odorizzi later today, but as good as his stuff can be, he is not a big league starting pitcher right now and Joe Maddon was unusually critical following Saturday’s game: “If we just pitch our normal game today we had a chance to win. We’re playing well. We just need more length out of our starters.”
THE TELLING: The Rays designated Heath Bell for assignment, a costly move. The Rays have already given Bell about $1.1 million and still owe him another $4.4 million if they are unable to find a trade partner in the next 10 days…
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Couple of days late, but here is the latest Power Rankings. [BI Sports]
- Lovie Smith likes to draft offense in the first round of the NFL Draft. [JoeBucsFan]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Doug Mathis made his first start for the Bulls, giving up 2 runs in 4 innings. He struck out 1 and walked 1. Mike Fontenot went 3-4 with a double and Kevin Kiermaier was 1-3 with a walk and his 8th stolen base…Jeff Ames gave up 5 runs for Charlotte (2 earned) in just 3.2 innings. He allowed 5 hits and 4 walks…Blake Snell pitched 6 shutout innings for Bowling Green, striking out 3. Catcher Oscar Hernandez hit his 3rd and 4th home runs of the season.
Another view of Wil Myers’ inside-the-park home run, the 11th in Rays’ history.
Here is the great catch by Desmond Jennings that Alfonso Soriano thought was a home run.