The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
Orioles 4, RAYS 2 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Joe Maddon’s charity t-shirts. Should have brought this up earlier, but Joe Maddon is wearing a different t-shirt every night during his postgame pressers. The t-shirts are from different charitable organizations.
THE BAD: You get thrown out at home! You get thrown out at home! Everybody gets thrown out at home! The Rays lost by 2 and had at least 3 runners thrown out at home. Honestly I lost count. Did Joe Maddon get thrown out arguing a play at home? That would have been fitting.
Desmond Jennings. Remember how excited everybody was when Jennings showed up to camp all bulked up with muscle? “Here comes a 30-30 season!” Instead, a typical HR season for him (10), his worst career slugging percentage (.692), just 15 stolen bases, getting thrown out at home running from third when the ball went from third base to first base, and whatever this was in the outfield last night.
THE TELLING: Can somebody in the national media please yell at the Orioles fans about their support for the third-best team in baseball?…Alex Cobb wasn’t terrible. But as soon as his pitch count started creeping up you knew Grant Balfour was going to make an appearance and the Rays were in trouble…
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Joe Maddon wants to add a “real speed dude” when roster expand on Monday. We also know Curt Casali will be back but we don’t know much else. [TampaBay.com]
- Joe Maddon is not sure why MLB denied their protest of Saturday’s loss. Somebody send him our post explaining why. [TBO.com]
- Wil Myers is the character in a new baseball video game for kids. [TampaBay.com]
- Royals manager Ned Yost did go off on Royals fans for not showing up to a game. [KansasCity.com]
- The Marlins finally have a superstar they want to keep and he sounds like he already has one foot out the door. [BI Sports]
- 25 years of MLB salaries. [BI Chart]
- The Bucs made a huge trade yesterday. JBF has several stories covering the topic from all angles. [JoeBucsFan]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] The Bulls had a typical post-clinching 7-1 loss with just 4 hits. Nate Karns was pounded for 6 runs on 11 hits in just 4.1 innings…Willy Adames went 3-4 with 2 doubles and his 8th home run…
How great is this photo of Delmon Young?