Joe Maddon

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

Yankees 8, RAYS 5 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Ben Zobrist. Zorilla became the 1,148th player in big league history to collect his 1,000th career basehit and just the second to do it with the Rays (also Carl Crawford). But what was really cool, was the momentary show of emotion following the hit from a player who rarely does so.

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Evan Longoria. It was a meaningless home run in the 9th inning of a blowout. But it was also Longo’s 20th home run of the season meaning the Rays would avoid matching the franchise mark for fewest home runs by the team leader in a season (19, Fred McGriff).

THE BAD: Yunel Escobar. What if Derek Jeter decided next season he wanted to play one more year, but he wanted to do it near his home in St. Pete and he was willing to play for cheap with, let’s say, the occasional week off? Would anybody object at this point? The latest brain-fart came with a runner on first with one out and the Rays leading 4-1. The batter was walked but Ryan Hanigan threw to second with the runner on first going with the pitch. The runner on first gets second base. But Escobar seemed to just give up on the throw and let it go into center field and the runner went to third. Even if Escobar thought it was a dead ball (it wasn’t), why would he just let the ball fly into center field making a teammate run after it? That’s just not cool. Or maybe he lost it in the lights behind home plate (sarcasm). Either way, it is clear that many Rays fans have grown tired of Escobar’s act.

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Jake Odorizzi. When you are basically a 2-pitch pitcher, there are going to be nights like this when Odorizzi just didn’t have his good stuff. The best example was the Chris Young home run in the 4th inning. It looked like Odorizzi tried to mix things up and throw his third pitch, a slider. Instead it was a batting practice fastball that just rolled up to Young at 88 mph.


September Baseball. The Yankees have already used 10 different relief pitchers in the first two games of this series. The biggest games of the year are played in September and some teams are playing with spring training rosters. For five months teams play with 7 relievers and now the Yankees have about 80 in their bullpen. There has been some talk of limiting how many players are active each night, to 28-30. But I am not sure that changes how the bullpen is handled since most won’t pitch back-to-back nights. A better idea may be to force teams to set an active roster of 30 at the beginning of each series. That should be plenty even if somebody gets hurt.

THE TELLING: The Rays are now 70-76 and need to go 11-5 in the final 16 games to reach .500.


  • Marc Topkin has more on Stuart Sternberg’s comments prior to yesterday’s game on the payroll and attendance. []
  • If you are going to pay a sports league $400 million to use your product on the field, it helps of the announcers know about the deal. [BI Sports]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscoreDurham 4, Pawtucket 3 (series tied 1-1). Alex Colome was knocked out after giving up 3 runs in less than 2 innings. But Vince Belnome tied the game in the ninth inning with a 1-out home run. The Bulls then won the game in the 11th inning when Mike Fontenot singled home Belnome to take the lead.




  1. Woodrow744 says:

    Obviously, we have stopped putting the name Joel Peralta under "The Bad" for these posts, as it is a foregone conclusion. Watching the first inning last night, I saw clutch hitting and thought "this is what could have been this season." But the game, like so many others this year (and in recent years) is marred by long, long stretches of hitless ball, where we are mystified by a pitcher, and not always a Cy Young - kind of pitcher. Last night, it was an endless array of relief toads wearing pinstripes. I have no idea who to blame, but I still think if one guy could have an exceptional offensive year, it would probably bring others up a bit too.
    As far as Escobar, I thought he should have bought James Loney a car LAST YEAR for all the throwing errors that Loney managed to glove. He is not great and his hustle clearly stinks. Will Joe defend him this offseason?
    We had such high expectations this spring -- this letdown is especially hard for us fans.

  2. Rob says:

    We had a chance to get rid of Escobar when the A's claimed him. Pulling him back was a mistake.

  3. Joe Dunn says:

    News flash for everyone.......there are more Android phones sold than iphones and so NOT every damn phone you see is an iphone - - - S M D H


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