RAYS 7, Rangers 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Drew Smyly. Smyly threw a career-high 7.2 innings and 116 pitches. In his first 2 starts with the Rays, Smyly has allowed just 3 runs in 13.0 innings (2.08 ERA) with 15 strikeouts and 5 walks. In his first 2 starts with the Tigers, David Price has given up 7 runs in 14.2 innings (4.30 ERA) with 16 strikeouts and 3 walks. This is not to say Smyly is as good as Price. But it goes to show that the difference between a Price and a Smyly over 2 months may not be that big. In other words, how many of Price’s starts would the Rays have won and how many of Smyly’s will they win? As of now, both teams have one win in those starts.
THE BAD: Mr Happy? Let’s file this under “what were the Rays thinking, when they decided to have a Mr. Happy giveaway?” I am sure the kids will love it, but it is also going to lead to awkward moments.
THE TELLING: Kevin Kiermaier was taken out of the game with what was called “precautionary reasons due to tightness in his lower back”…Wil Myers hit a grand slam in his second rehab start with the Durham Bulls…There is no update on the return of Ryan Hanigan which is worrisome…The Rays are now 58-60, 3 games behind the Yankees for third place in the East and 1 game behind Cleveland for fifth place in the Wild Card.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Meet Mo’Ne Davis, the biggest star at this year’s Little League World Series. She is also just the 7th American girl to play in the LLWS. [BI Sports]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] In the first game of a double-header, the Durham Bulls were no-hit in a game that started earlier this season in another city. In the second game, Wil Myers went 2-3 with a grand slam and a stolen base. The Bulls lost 5-4.