RAYS 3, Jays 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: David Price. For a guy that was supposed to start Saturday and was no guarantee to start Sunday because of an illness, he sure looked pretty good, tossing 8 shutout innings…Jake McGee. McGee continues to establish himself as the go-to 9th inning guy with a perfect 9th inning that included 2 strikeouts…Knuckleball Offense. It’s not like the Rays clobbered RA Dickey, but they are getting better. Prior to this season, Dickey had made 7 starts against the Rays since joining the Blue Jays. In those starts he had a 2.42 ERA, 45 strikeouts and just 44 hits+walks in 52 innings. The Rays are now 2-0 against Dickey this season.
THE BAD: Changes are coming. One of the benefits to Yunel Escobar’s injury was that it got Logan Forsythe into the lineup most days at second base and we are now seeing what he is capable of doing with regular playing time. In the last 18 games he is 25-71 (.352) with a .390 OBP. Nobody thinks he will keep that up, but he is productive. We also know that the idea of him being an option in the outfield this season sorta backfired as he just isn’t that comfortable out there. That means if he is going to play, it has to be at second base. Now that Escobar is back, we see Maddon continuing to play Forsythe at second base with Zobrist in right field. But at some point, outfielders will start to get healthy and Zobrist will be forced back to the infield. That means no spot for Forsythe as Maddon will have to use both David DeJesus and Wil Myers. Of course, these things have a way of working themselves out. But with so many straight outfielders, this year’s roster doesn’t have the same flexibility as previous seasons
THE TELLING: David Price won’t play in the All-Star game, but he will be in Minneapolis for the festivities…Both Desmond Jennings and Ryan Hanigan missed Sunday’s game with minor ailments but are expected to be ready after the break…The Rays enter the break at 44-53, 9.5 games behind the Orioles and 8 behind the Mariners in the Wild Card.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- David Price had some weird comments after the game that probably don’t mean much but are still odd. He was asked about getting two hugs from Joel Peralta and explains that Peralta was mad at him for 2 days recently after Price apparently threw Peralta “under the bus.” What is really odd is Price refers to the game in Detroit and Peralta “getting spanked” during the game. Peralta didn’t give up any runs in Detroit. Price also refers to the night Peralta broke the Rays record for appearances which was way back in May and not against Detroit. If Peralta was pissed way back then for just 2 days, why was it an issue that needed to be brought up yesterday? The entire thing is just weird. Watch the comments here. [Twitpic]
- Marc Topkin recaps the first half and hands out some mid-season awards. [TampaBay.com]
- Counting down the worst Bucs of the last decade. [JoeBucsFan]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] The Durham Bulls were rained out…Second baseman Ryan Brett went 4-5 with his 7th home run. He also stole his 23rd base, 3rd in the Southern League. Cameron Seitzer hit his 12th home run and Richie Shaffer added his 10th…Casey Gillaspie went 2-3 with his 4th career home run since being drafted in the first round in June.