The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
Tigers 6, RAYS 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Broadcasting from the Porch. Sun Sports should do this more often.
THE BAD: Too many games and too many teams. The Rays are now 10-12 since their 9-game winning streak and are now 8 games behind the Tigers in the Wild Card (9 in the loss column). The Rays would need to go 26-10 just to get to 87 wins and that probably will still be a game or two short of the second Wild Card spot. More importantly, there are 5 teams the Rays would need to pass. Not all of those teams are going to start stinking at the same time. According to one model, the Rays now have a 0.7% chance of making the playoffs. In other words, it ain’t happenin’ this year.
Offense. The Rays have now been shutout 15 times, 2 short of the franchise record (17) set in 1998, their inaugural season. That is also second in the majors, trailing only the San Diego Padres (16).
THE TELLING: The Rays have been shutout 15 times and thrown 16 shutouts. That means 24.6% of their games this season have seen one of the teams fail to score a single run…
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Mike Fontenot’s 1-out single in the bottom of the 9th was the game-winner for the Bulls. Matt Andriese lowered his ERA to 3.76 with 6 strikeouts and no walks, giving up just 1 run in 5 innings. Tim Beckham went 1-3 with a double and a walk and is 11-27 in his first 6 games with the Bulls this season.
Several players, along with David Price, took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, with a bulldozer. Here is the money shot.
And here is the video.