Athletics Rays Baseball

Time 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.

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THE GOOD: Carlos Pena. 2 hits, on base 3 times, including his 14th home run, his first since Pat Burrell went missing from the lineup…Aki Iwamura. 2 hits including a bunt single to get his average over .300…Jason Isringhausen. He sure looks like Troy Percival, but so far the results are unPercivilian.

THE BAD: Scott Kazmir. Kaz being Kaz. So much for the mechanical flaw he fixed during his bullpen session.

THE TELLING: Dioner Navarro was back in the lineup after missing 3 games with pink eye…



  • In case you missed the update yesterday afternoon, Joe Maddon has agreed to a 3-year extension through 2012. Of course the team and Maddon had their usual “we don’t comment until we comment” stance. [St. Pete Times]
  • Joe Maddon was fined $500 for his actions in Sunday’s game with the Indians. [St. Pete Times]
  • John Romano says the genius of Joe Maddon is turning a mistake into a lesson and that the gift Maddon brought to the organization was a different culture in the clubhouse. [St. Pete Times]
  • Martin Fennelly like everybody is not surprised by the new deal for Joe Maddon, but Fennelly says the timing is curious given the Rays slow start. [Tampa Tribune]
  • John Romano looks back on the Aubrey Huff trade and how it produced a big leaguer for the Rays, just not the one many thought. (Video) [St. Pete Times]
  • Fudge the Heck!?! The Long Beach State Dirtbags, Evan Longoria’s alma mater and nicknamesake, makes TIME’s list of the “Top 10 Worst Team Names.” For shame! [TIME]
  • The Rays Party wonders if a trade is near. [The Rays Party]




  1. Mike says:

    Maddon gets fined and Martinez, Wood, and that damn manager get off scot-free? That is some BS.

  2. Amanda says:

    "unPercivilian" ... brilliant!

    I see Joe Maddon taking one of two routes: The Tony Dungy Route or The John Tortarella Route. He will either be the one who cleaned up the Ray's one-horse town, only for the next person (an X's and O's guy) to put the team over the top (the Dungy Route) or, he'll be the one to clean up the one-horse town AND put the team over the top (the Tortarella Route).

    To me, Maddon is an enigma. He's an odd combination of "Safe is Death" (ie: Having enough confidence (and stroking the ego) of your relief pitcher to intentinally walk in a run to match up against the next guy.) and finding so much safety in the book that you never pick your head up to actually see what's going on in the game (ie: Taking a pitcher out of a game, even though he's in complete control, because he's either reached a pitch count or he has to have a match-up or both).

    I think Maddon is capable of bringing this team to the top. He has the skills, he has the locker room (I saw Pena saying yesterday that Maddon deserves the extension because turning the team around is all his doing), and he took this team to heights unimaginable before last year. If you've got all that, you deserve an extension. But I'm also not the type who thinks the sun rises and sets out of his posterior. He deserves the extension, but he also has to produce again. This team isn't going to make it off of warm fuzzies of a could-have-been championship, like the Cubs can. It's got to win, and it's got to produce, or we may see the Rays move to my neck of the woods (near Charlotte ... I wouldn't mind it, but they belong in the Bay area).

  3. cougar says:

    can you change kazmir's march to 300 wins to kazmir's march to the 5th inning?

  4. cyl says:

    Any possibility Rays would send Kaz down to AAA to work things out?

    • Wally Pipp says:

      It's a possibility. I believe he has a couple options left, but due to Major League service time, he has to consent to the demotion.

      It may be the best thing for him. Remember, a couple years ago, Cliff Lee was sent down to AAA. The next year, he won the Cy Young. Early in his career, Roy Halladay was sent all the way down to Single A. Look at what it did for him.

      I think it's more likely, though, that Kaz will be put on the DL for "shoulder tightness" (or something like that). Spend a couple weeks working on mechanics in the bullpen, then a few rehab starts in Durham.

  5. Sam A says:

    Keep working on those mechanics, Kaz! That last fix allowed you to last 30% longer than you did in your last outing before the usual seven runs scored.

  6. John says:

    I will not be watching another Kazmir start until (if?) he gets this thing figured out. I've moved beyond being pissed at him for the suckage he brings to the table. Now, watching him pitch is just...sad. Heartbreaking even. He's like the guy who got pick slipped at work, only they keep letting him come back in for the last couple weeks. I honestly thought he was going to break down in tears on the mound last night.

    Remember the Shields/Kaz/Garza = Glavine/Smoltz/Avery from last year? Scott Kazmir is Steve Avery.

    • Sam A says:

      Don't worry, John. Kaz will get this thing figured out before his next start. He always does.

  7. Justin H says:

    I know Kaz was awful, but what was Aki doing tagging up on that shallow fly ball in right? Navarro was up next but still. And Navarro did get a hit to led of the next inning. He doesn't tag up and Navarro gets that hit, we got a tie game, I'm just saying not a very smart decision when the second baseman was set up right underneath the ball ready to throw once he catches it.

  8. Carey says:

    I'm curious: Could we even get anything for Kaz in a trade right now? A shame, because we probably could have gotten a lot in the offseason.

    Uh, and Kaz couldn't hold Avery's jockstrap. At least Avery had a few good, productive seasons. At least Avery played well in pressure games. Kaz wilts when the pressure is on. I personally think this is all mental and I think he can't handle pressure. Think about it. What is his best season? 2007. No pressure in 07, just pile up strikeouts with no real need to win (because, as we all know, the Devil Rays would be out of the running by week 2). Fast forward to 08. Nice start. Still no real pressure though as nobody thinks the Rays will last. Then we hit the all-star break. All of a sudden, the run is real. And so is the pressure. And what happens to our delicate little flower? He wilts.

    I'd start shopping this guy right now and see if, perhaps, there is someone out there who thinks they can reclaim his potential. It's not going to work out here. Maybe a change would be better for both parties.

  9. cyl says:

    I haven't looked at the numbers, but doesn't it seem like Willy Aybar is doing a better job at DH than Pat Burrell was?

  10. Joe D. says:

    I'd really like to see Navi and Upton split up in the line up, say Zobrist, gets on with one out, then it's Navi, and Upton with their .178 and .177 AVG, and .203 and .283 OBP... Inning over, less then a 50% chance that CC even gets to the plate for the RBI chance...

    • Brixology says:

      Man, I would have been happy to never think through that hypothetical. That is depressing. At least BJ has looked better for the past week? Right? Anyone?


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