Orioles 2, RAYS 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Alex Cobb. The Rays are averaging just 1.82 runs scored when Cobb starts. If Cobb had enough innings to qualify, that would be the worst run support in baseball. In 9 starts this season, Cobb has just 2 wins despite a 3.48 ERA and a 3.46 FIP. That FIP would be 18th in the AL if he had enough innings to qualify.
THE BAD: Mistakes. The normally dependable, if not spectacular, Zobrist has not even been dependable this season. Zobrist started 117 games at second base last year and committed 4 errors. This year he has 48 starts at second base and has committed 6 errors. The latest was just a simple groundball that would have ended the 5th inning only to have Zobrist drop the ball trying to take the ball out of his glove. That runner would then score on a double. Then, in the 6th inning, with the score still 1-0, Evan Longoria lost track of the number of outs and broke for home on a flyball to left and was easily doubled off second base to end the inning. On top of that, the Rays managed to load the bases with no outs in the first inning and the next three batters could not hit the ball to fair territory.
THE TELLING: The Rays are 28-45, 6.5 games behind the Red Sox for 4th place in the East…The Rays have now been shutout 11 times this season, tied with the Padres for the most in baseball this season.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- David Ortiz was not given a hit on a groundball booted by Joe Mauer in a tie game. So after the inning Ortiz started yelling up to the press box at the official scorer and giving him the thumbs down sign. [BI Sports]
- Gary Shelton: “Sell. Sell now. Sell pretty much everyone.” [TampaBay.com]
- John Romano writes that there will “probably [be] a little more elbow room for you at the Trop” this summer. [TampaBay.com]
- Romano doesn’t really present any real evidence for or against the attendance going down. But here is some. [TampaBayBaseballMarket]
- It’s behind ESPN’s paywall, but Jim Bowden has 5 trade ideas for David Price. The most important point is that the five teams are: Angels, Blue Jays, White Sox, Yankees, and Braves. Obviously the Rays would prefer to trade Price out of the division, but if the Yankees or Blue Jays offer a package that is considerably more than everybody else, the Rays will happily gut the farm of those teams. [ESPN]
- David Price won’t be a free agent until after next season, which creates the unique situation where he could potentially be traded twice in the next year. [MSN.com]
- A long story on CJ Riefenhauser’s road to the majors with the Rays. [The Human Side of Sports]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Nate Karns gave up 8 runs in just 2.2 innings for Durham. Brandon Guyer went 4-4 with 2 triples and a walk…Casey Gillaspie went 1-5 with an RBI and 2 strikeouts.