Rays Indians 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: Ignorance is Bliss. A 2-hour rain delay before the start of the game probably left most of you thinking the game had been canceled and you probably never had to watch that embarrassing performance. You’re the lucky ones…Dirtbag returns. Evan Longoria was 2-5 and hit his first home run since May 9…Zorilla. Ben Zobrist was 2-3 with a double and a triple and walked twice.

THE BAD: Andy Sonnanstine. Sonny now has the third worst VORP (-10.0) of all starting pitchers. The only pitchers with at least 45ip with worse VORPs are the 46-year old Jamie Moyer and Scott Kazmir. If Sonnanstine was actor, he would be doing Celebrity Rehab by now…The Duke vs Francisco. Maybe it is time Andy Sonnanstine just start intentionally walking Ben Francisco every time up. In his first at bat last night Francisco homered for the 4th straight at bat against Sonny, a 3-run blast. He followed that up with an RBI single and is now 8-9 with 5 home runs off Sonnanstine. If this was Manny Ramirez you would just tip your cap. But it is Ben Francisco! A nobody hitting 8th for the Indians! …Dropping Turds. We don’t know who took more dumps on the field last night, the birds hovering in the outfield all night or the Rays pitching staff. Apparently Andy Sonnanstine wasn’t comfortable pitching with a 5-run lead so he decided to give it all back in the 2nd inning, and then 3 more in the 3rd. Joe Nelson’s Vulcan pitch looked more like a BP fastball. And the 7-8-9 hitters for the Tribe were a combined 7-12 with a walk and 6 RBI.

THE TELLING: Ben Zobrist started at shortstop and later moved to the outfield when Reid Brignac came into the game. Willy Aybar started at second for the third straight day.



  • Joe Maddon had a telling quote on how playing time might shake out once Jason Bartlett returns from the DL. In short, expect to see a lot of Reid Brignac at second base and Ben Zobrist and Willy Aybar back in their accustomed part-time roles. [St. Pete Times]

“I love our bench, I think we have a great bench,” Maddon said. “I also like playing the bench in a manner where they’re not playing too often, and Zobrist I thought we had given him the right number of at-bats, and the same thing with Willy. And all of a sudden, you get more at-bats…There’s a fatigue factor — I know it’s early and I know they’re young — I know all that stuff. But when you’re not used to doing it for a while, it can present a bit of a problem.”

  • It looks like Evan Longoria has an excellent shot to be voted to the AL All-Star starting lineup and is a close second to Derek Jeter for the most votes overall. [Rays Report]
  • Lots of new faces on the roster and Rays Revolutionary puts the names with some info. [Rays Revolutionary]
  • Steve Herrick has some quotes from one of the new faces, Joe Dillon, on his latest big league opportunity. [MLB]




  1. Kat Warren says:

    It makes me sick to think of our injuries which last year we were pretty free of. Losing Aki, now Bartlett, , watch out Zobrist, those pesky Indians might be going fo you next!

    • Don says:

      Injuries have NOTHING to do with the way they are PLAYING now!
      They were losing(record) before any of these players got hurt!
      Need an attitude adjustment, and of course pitching help, or expect no improvements this year!

  2. Charles says:

    What are the odds we see Sonny sent down/DL'd, Wade Davis up? Sonny seems to have regressed in every possible way - he's walking more guys, which is a BIG red flag for him - assuming he pitches the same # of innings, he's on pace to nearly double his walks from last season. He's sporting an eye-popping .340 BAA and he's also on pace for a career high in home runs allowed for the season.

    I honestly don't know how much more loyalty to underperforming pitchers we can handle. And how much accountability does Jim Hickey have in this nearly universal staff regression?

  3. I'm so disgusted with this team I couldn't even right about it this morning. I went fishing instead.

    As for the pitching regression, remember Maddon and the F.O. were concerned that the late season would lead to what we're seeing now. It's not like we weren't warned.

    And Andy Sonnanstine should never pitch to Ben Fransisco again. Just bean him in the leg and give him his base. That's a much more effective strategy than what he's doing now.

  4. Not only can't I right, I can't write either. 2 hours until game time. The Rays better show up. I won't be able to stand another day of this!

  5. Dirtbag Fan says:

    I wish I would've given up on the game and gone to bed, but nooo... I had to watch (its a rule).

    I'm a bottle of whiskey and a shotgun away from being a country song.

  6. Dirtbag Fan says:

    Son of a.... the one day that I don't pick Longo!

  7. Brixology says:

    1. I have joined Rayhawk in the fetal position
    2. Blog a Baloo! Blog a Baloo! Etc.


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