Mariners 3, RAYS 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Good? Yeah, right.
THE BAD: David Price. Guess who had yet another start where he looked like the best pitcher in baseball, you know, except for that one inning where he looked like Andy Sonnanstine…Desperation. You can’t be the Tampa Bay Rays and act like you are smarter than every other team in baseball and then search CraigsList and call in a SEMINOLE INDIAN MEDICINE MAN to try to reverse any bad fortune that may or may not be haunting the Rays. And OH MY GOD it rained during the game. Maybe the medicine man made it rain, you know, instead of making more hits and runs. Because, you know, rain is what the Rays need right now. And wow, an afternoon shower in St. Pete in the summer? What a miracle. HOLY WHAT THE F*** HAS HAPPENED TO THIS TEAM?…DAMMIT. Why the hell is Fernando Rodney shooting the moon at The Trop in a Mariners uniform while a guy making pretty much the same amount of money is being demoted from the closer’s role?
THE TELLING: The Rays are now 24-41 and have the worst record in baseball, 3 games behind the Cubs and Phillies and 4 losses worse than any other team…The Rays have not scored in 19 straight innings…No surprise here, but Josh Lueke has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to triple-A Durham.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- “Joe Maddon invited a rainmaker to the clubhouse … so of course it starts raining above the Trop.” That is an actual headline. [MLB Cut4]
- “While it didn’t rain inside, a heavy downpour began outside Tropicana Field after Henry’s visit, which was noted by the team on its Twitter account.” That is an actual line in a story about the game. [ESPN]
- Alex Cobb has signed an endorsement deal with IsoBLOX, the company that makes protective skull caps that can be worn under a baseball cap. Specifically, Cobb will endorse the product made for children. [ESPN]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Mike Montgomery tossed 7 shutout inning, giving up 3 hits and a walk while striking out 5. Wilson Betemit hit his 12th home run and added his 7th double.
This is what baseball’s replay system has become. Joe Maddon interrupts the pace of the game to come out to the field and say, “good call, Tim.”