Evan Longoria

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

RAYS (boxscore)

THE GOOD:

The Nate Karns era has arrived (sorta). Drew Smyly has been officially shut down for the season having reached his innings pitched limit. Karns will be called up to replace Smyly and will make his Rays debut on Friday. Karns did start three games for the Nationals a year ago before being acquired in a trade for Jose Lobaton, Drew Vettleson, and Felipe Rivero.

Nate Karns

Chris Archer. Big Tree needed a good start after giving up 13 earned runs in his previous 2 starts, and he got one. Then again, maybe the Yankees were just what he needed. Archer is now 5-0 against the Yankees in 6 career starts with a 1.93 ERA.

Chris Archer

Kevin Kiermaier. It seems like he does 2-3 things every game that make you hold your breath. They are not always great, like being caught trying to steal third base in a 1-run game. But then there are the catches and he made another one last night at a huge moment with 1 out in the 8th inning and Derek Jeter on deck.

James Loney. He doesn’t have a lot of big games but he seems to pull one out of his back pocket just often enough to remind us how good of a hitter he can be. Ironically (for the Dodgers at least) Loney had his big game hitting from the clean up spot. He went 3-4 with an upper deck home run. Of course, it was just his 2nd home run in 90 at bats in the cleanup spot this year. He also singled home the third run.

THE BAD:

MLB’s Plate Blocking Rule. If you were a Yankees fan, how pissed would you be today? I understand protecting the catchers, but MLB needs to scratch the plate blocking rule and start from scratch. What a mess. With the Rays up 1 in the 5th with a runner on second and no outs, Matt Joyce threw home trying to get Stephen Drew at the plate. The throw was in plenty of time and Drew was out. But it seemed clear that Ryan Hanigan was blocking the path without the ball. There was a lot of discussion about MLB’s new “clarification” of the rule which is supposed to eliminate situations where a runner is out by a mile but I am not sure that was the situation here. There is also the original rule which allows a runner to go into the path if he needs to go there to catch the ball. But honestly I have no idea. Derek Jeter was the next batter and would line out into a double-play to end the inning with the Rays still in the lead and the Yankees now  5.5 back in the Wild Card race.

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Weird Feeling. Gotta admit it is a weird feeling watching the Rays with 3 weeks to go and knowing they are not in contention. This is still a fun team to watch and it will be interesting to see Nate Karns when he makes his Rays debut. Otherwise, there is not a lot to be excited about going down the stretch.

THE TELLING: The attendance at Yankee Stadium (31,188) was the smallest for a Yankees game since 2004…Jared Sandberg, the Rays’ single-A manager in Charlotte, has joined the coaching staff for the final 3 weeks. Sandberg, the nephew of hall of famer and current Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg, played parts of 3 seasons with the Rays from 2001 to 2003…The Rays are now 70-75 and need to go 12-5 in the final 17 games to finish with a winning record for the 7th consecutive season.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Jake Odorizzi and Chris Archer will not be shut down with Joe Maddon saying it is important to stretch them out so that they are stronger at the end of next season. [TBO.com]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] The Durham Bulls dropped game one of the Governors’ Cup finals 3-2 to the Pawtucket Red Sox. Enny Romero started and gave up runs in the first and second before Mikie Mahtook singled home 2 in the top of the third to tie it. However, Romero then gave up another run in the bottom of the third before being pulled. The Bulls did start a rally in the 9th inning, loading the bases with just one out. But Justin Christian struck out and Cole Figueroa grounded out to end the game.
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  1. Gus says:

    "This is still a fun team to watch." Cork Gaines, 9/10/14

    Have you been watching these guys all season, Cork? They are the most painful team since the 2006 Shawn Camp Rays (and they had lots of upside; just an awful bullpen). Maybe you can re-phrase and say: "This is still a fun team to watch pitch and play outfield defense." Because I don't find a whole lot of fun when they are at the plate or kicking it around the infield or playing catcher. The Gerald "Ice" Williams D-Rays were more fun to watch offensively. When I see Longo flail at 3 sliders down and away in the same at bat, it isn't fun; it is maddening.

    I do like to see the young players in September. Shutting down the vets like Des is a good idea. I'd give Longo some days off as well. Is there any reason they are trying to make him into Cal Ripken this year (he's played in every game)?

    The Yankees annoucners were making fun of Myers at the plate last night, noting how lost he appears. He'd be a guy who could benefit from some winter ball to get his groove back. But I see he's hosting a wiffle ball tournament in November (maybe that will help).

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