Rays Spring BaseballTime to bring back the GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

THE GOOD: Jason Hammel. Hammer made an early statement for the final spot in the rotation with 4 scoreless innings, allowing only 3 hits. Hammel is yet to allow a run in 6 spring innings with an impressive 5 strikeouts to only 1 walk. The key to Hammel’s chances of being in the rotation will likely ride on his ability to be consistent and avoid walks. Check and check…Evan Longoria. In 3 spring games, Longoria is showing no signs of a potential sophomore slump. 2 more doubles on Sunday…Carl Crawford’s legs. Two triples on Sunday and all of the sudden CC looks like the CC we haven’t seen since 2007…

THE BAD: Gabe Kapler. The likely platoon mate with Gabe Gross is 0-9 this spring…Elliot Johnson committed his second error of the spring. Johnson’s future with the Rays depends on his ability to play consistent defense at several different positions.

THE TELLING: Joe Maddon used a lineup that featured a number of regulars…Carlos Hernandez‘ second outing was so-so. He gave up 2 runs, but both were unearned. He did allow 2 hits, a walk and threw a wild pitch in 2.1 innings. If Hernandez wants to force his way into discussions about the 5th spot in the rotation, he needs to be strong each time out.


  • Joe Maddon will start using his Big 4 starting pitchers on Saturday. [Rays Report]
  • Jason Hammel says he has never been more confident than he is right now and Joe Maddon says Hammer is has been a “different cat” since he nailed down a save against the Red Sox last September…Still think we are crazy to project Hammel as the 5th starter? [St. Pete Times]
  • NPR did a recent story (with audio) on the challenges the Rays face this season when it comes to attendance (thanks Carlos). [NPR via Facebook]
  • Joe Maddon says if the team can stay patient and Fernando Perez can become a better hitter from the left side then the Rays may get “somebody really special.” [Tampa Tribune]
  • David Chalk of Bugs and Cranks provides us with some video clips of some recent appearances by Matt Garza on some national programs. [Bugs and Cranks]
  • The Rays Party finds Jeremy Cummings’ lack of spring appearances for the Rays conspicuous. [The Rays Party]



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