Brewers 5, RAYS 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD (I couldn’t come up with anything, so I outsourced today’s Good and asked some people on Twitter for something GOOD. Feel free to add your own in the comments): “we made it through July with a winning record?” [@RaysNurseK]; “Thundersticks!” [@AintNoThaaaang]; “Attendance was good today because of Parks and Recs day.” [@TBBaseballMkt]; “Yunel Escobar didn’t get tossed, we didn’t have to endure Garza spitting, AND Boston lost..again.” [@kleesprings]. Thanks, guys!
THE BAD: Rearing The Ugly Head. Let’s face it, this team is still not great offensively and that means occasionally they just won’t score and it doesn’t matter what the pitching does. At this point, the biggest offender is Evan Longoria. The Rays need more, plain and simple and he needs to figure it out soon. There is only so much that we can expect from James Loney and Logan Forsythe and Kevin Kiermaier. Over the Rays’ recent hot stretch (since June 11) Longo is hitting .240 with just 5 home runs in 41 games. The Rays need more.
THE TELLING: The Rays are now 53-55, 3 games behind the Yankees for 3rd place in the East. More importantly, the Rays lost ground in the Wild Card, slipping behind Cleveland and into 6th place.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- No surprise here, but Jon Morosi reports that the Rays are still open to making deals and “haven’t ruled anything out.” [@jonmorosi]
- And maybe the least surprising development is Jayson Stark reporting that one executive described the current “Rays stance on trading Price” as “You’ve got to make it so they can’t say no.” In other words, nothing has changed. [@jaysonst]
- Joel Sherman talked to an AL executive who thinks that not only are the Rays not trading David Price but he thinks the Rays are trying to trade for a bat. [@JoelSherman1]
- Joe Frisaro of MLB.com says the Marlins would have “heavy interest” if David Price were actually available. [MLB.com]
- The positions that make the most money in baseball. [BI Sports]
- Here is a fun read on Jonny Damon. [Sports on Earth]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Alex Colome gave up just 1 run and 2 hits in 7 innings, but he did walk 5 with 5 Ks in the Bulls 4-1 win. Hak-Ju Lee went 2-3 with a pair of RBI and Mikie Mahtook was 2-5.