It was rookie hazing night following the game.

It was rookie hazing night following the game (via Tampa Bay Rays)

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

Yankees 5, RAYS 4 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Alex Cobb. Cobber took a no-hitter into the 8th inning before giving up a hit. He was then taken out of the game, receiving a nice applause from the Yankees fans. Say what you will, but they do appreciate good baseball and Cobb was good baseball last night. Meanwhile, I don’t want to overreact to one start, but Alex Cobb is starting to look like he could end up being better than James Shields and as good as David Price. His delivery still scares me. He has way too much going on and when something goes wrong it will be hard to fix. But man, when he is on, he is fun to watch. But here is the best part. Last night he didn’t have his best stuff. Only 4 strikeouts. Only 4 swing-and-misses (he had 10 in his last start). I have seen at least a half-dozen starts this year in which Cobb had better stuff. THAT is how good he is.

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Yunel Escobar. It seems like just yesterday when we were shipping Escobar off to play for the Siberian Ice Caps. Oh wait, it was yesterday. Well, as soon as I go back and delete all those posts I will come back here and enjoy Escobar hitting a pair of home runs. How did he do it? Well, the same swing on nearly identical pitches tends to help.

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THE BAD: Again? For the second straight game the Rays blew a 4-run lead and lost to the Yankees. This one was even more painful as the Rays led 4-0 in the 8th inning with Cobb pitching a no-hitter. The Yankees scored 5 runs after knocking Cobb out including a 3-run walk-off home run by Chris Brown off of Jake McGee.


THE TELLING: Lenny Linsky, a double-A pitcher for the Rays has been suspended 50 games for using a “drug of abuse.” I have lost count of how many that is, but I am sure the Rays still lead MLB with minor leaguers suspended for failed drug tests over the last few years…Even with 2 home runs and 4 RBI, I still want to ship Yunel Escobar off to play for the Siberian Ice Caps…The Rays have officially been eliminated from contention in the AL East. Wild Card here we come!…Joe Maddon said after the game that Curt Casali and Ryan Hanigan would get the majority of the starts for the rest of the season. It is unclear if this is just to rest Jose Molina or if this is a sign Molina is not in the plans for 2015. Molina is under contract for 2015 ($2.75 million).


  • James Shields is the third best free agent available this winter and is going to get a huge contract, especially if the Red Sox make a run at him as expected. [MLBTR]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscoresDurham 4, Pawtucket 3. The Bulls took a 2-1 lead in the Governors’ Cup finals with Matt Andriese striking out 8 and walking none in 6 innings. He gave up 2 runs. After falling behind 2-0 in the third inning, the Bulls rebounded with 3 in the bottom of the third with the big blow being a 2-run double from Tim BeckhamNick Franklin’s home run in the 6th inning rounded out the scoring before the PawSox added one in the ninth.




  1. OriginalTom says:

    I think Foley sending Loney home when he was thrown out at the plate should be in the bad. The throw from Ichiro was offline and he was still out by a mile.

    I am also not sure why Maddon did not pinch hit for Joyce with 2 on and 2 out in the top of the 8th against Hill.

    • Woodrow744 says:

      Agreed. An earlier shot of him standing on first base showed him grimacing. Don't know if it's his knees or what, but his plop into home looked really bad.

    • Dave L says:

      Watching Loney run is a painful experience. Does he have some chronic lower body issue? He runs like 1 leg is shorter than the other. In 2 years he's never able to achieve anything approaching a sprint and grimaces in pain whenever he is required to run fast. He's only 30. Not pushing 40 and obese like our other tortise. I am not trying to make fun of him, but somethings not right. Does he have bone spurs or some such malady?

  2. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    How about the sickening thud of an opposing player getting blasted in the chin by an offline pitch... no wonder McGee was shook up and gave up the walk-off winner. Human nature is human nature and after doing that it's got to be tough to pitch without a smidge of hesitation...

  3. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    I hope Molina isn't in the plans for 2015, but I REALLY hope Casali isn't their 'solution' to replace him

    • Matt says:

      Unfortunately, I believe they're setting Casali up to replace him, maybe with Molina retiring. Once again, the rays have a couple of good backups starting. Solid defense, average bats. Until they find a catcher with both a good bat and good defensive skills, they're going to keep running out Hanigan/Casali type guys. They care way more about the defense they provide than the bat.

  4. Gus says:

    The catching, SS and closer killed them . I'm open for any solutions there.

    Pulling Cobb after 1 hit and 100 pitches was inexplicable to me. That should be in the BAD as well.

    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      Would you have preferred that they kept using his arm for useless innings? With all hope of playoffs lost there is no reason to use up your best pitcher's arm with a 4-0 lead late in a game... and frankly, he was starting to lose the zone.

    • OriginalTom says:

      I think the closer problem is solved (despite last nights meltdown).

  5. Dave L says:

    In baseball, good or wise decisions do not always lead to good outcomes.


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