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:

THE BAD: 9-12. When the Rays left Houston on May 23, they were 32-12. Since then the Rays are 9-12. Nine and $#@%ing twelve. That is 21 games of sucktitude. And 13 of those games were at home. 21 games is now beyond the normal ebbs and flows of a season…That’s all today. Feel free to leave your “Good” and “Bad” in the comments.

THE TELLING: Jason Bartlett was not in the starting lineup…Dioner Navarro now has a 3-game hitting streak. His longest such streak in 2009 was 4 games.

WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays are 41-25, tied for first in the AL East and 2 games ahead of the Red Sox in the Wild Card. After 66 games in 2008, the Rays were 38-28.

COMMENT O’ THE DAY: (Charles) Montgomery’s top 4 starters (Jeremy Hall, Alex Torres, David Newmann, Jake McGee) have only given up 8 home runs in 48 starts covering 253 innings. That’s mighty impressive

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Marc Topkin has a list of more draft pick signings. [St. Pete Times]
  • Ryan Shealy who began the season with the Durham Bulls, exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and became a free agent. He then signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox. [Twitter]
  • The Pirates admit that they did not request a physical for Aki Iwamura before trading for the former Rays second baseman. [AP]
  • Rays Prospects has the Hudson Valley roster. It includes 9 of this year’s draft picks. [Rays Prospects]
  • Ben Zobrist played host before a recent game to an 11-year old that endured the recent floods in Nashville (video). [The Heater]
  • Durham Bulls manager Charlie Montoyo will manage the IL All-Stars for the triple-A all-star game. [Biscuit Crumbs]
  • Here is a piece on Pepsi’s new ad campaign which includes Evan Longoria, among others. [NY Sports Journalism]

DOWN ON THE FARM

  • Check out Rays Prospects for boxscores and more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]
  • DURHAM: Heath Phillips picked up the loss despite giving up just 1 run on 4 hits and no walks in 7 innings. He struck out 5…Desmond Jennings and Matt Joyce were a combined 0-7 with a walk (Joyce).
  • MONTGOMERY: David Newmann failed to get out of the 4th inning, giving up 7 runs (4 earned) in just 3.2 innings. He allowed 8 hits…Hitters 1-8 in the Montgomery lineup went a combined 1-27.
  • CHARLOTTE: Frank de los Santos threw 7.1 shutout innings with 8 Ks and 2 walks…Tim Beckham was 1-4.
  • BOWLING GREEN: Jason McEachern struck out 7, but allowed 4 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings…Chris Murrill was 3-5 to raise his average to .319 and stole his 27th base.

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14 Comments

  1. Boxauthor says:

    Don’t look for things to get any better this weekend. The Rays are 15-15 on Friday-Sunday games this year . . . 2-4 in June. They’re 26-10 (5-3 in June) on weekday games, although this week didn’t help them any.

  2. zenny says:

    Time to shake things up, imo. Send down Navi and Sonny, bring up Joyce and Hellboy, trade Bartlett.

  3. Thad says:

    Man, things are quiet around here. This team just isn’t fun to watch right now. AT LEAST, they’ve avoided a major losing streak. It’s acceptable to go thru 20 game stretches “around” .500 baseball. Unfortunately, they reside where they reside in the AL East, with less margin for error. The important thing is where do they go from here. They need a 10-2 stretch or 9-1 to wake up and get rolling again.

  4. Don says:

    The Rays will not be consistant until all (most) of the line up contributes!
    THe nights when Pena, Upton, Navi, ect do their strike out/no hit thing
    we lose…CC, Longo, Zo, Jaso can not carry the team every night…
    Look up their record when Pena (homeruns) and Upton were hitting…now their dead again…The team needs HITTING HELP!

  5. Jason W says:

    Bring up Hellboy for what the pen? Thats a waste of talent and development time where he could be starting.And trading a SS who is only hitting .230 and so-so defense, is so easy right? Also seeing as Bartlett is one of maddons loves, along with Kap and Navi. But I do agree with sending Sonny down.

  6. Gus says:

    Upton has looked totally lost at the plate for the better part of 2.5 years now. Isn’t Shelton supposed to coach him? Does he not listen? Maybe his shoulder hurts because he takes huge long swings and is consistently fooled by off-speed pitches (and he tries to hold back). With his tools, why not re-work him into a contact man, add the bunt and cut his long swing in half?

    But under any circumstances, do not follow the Prof’s advice and bat him leadoff against anybody — lefties, righties, knuckleballers, guys whose name end in “s”. After his last 1300 or so plate apperances, the evidence is in: BJ Upton is not a good major league hitter any more. He is below replacement value under any criteria, and his only role on a major league roster is his exceptional defense. He needs to platoon some and get out of the way. I don’t care if he was picked #1. We have better guys in the system. Get him out of the way and make him work for his ABs. His entire baseball career has been handed to him; he’s worked himself into being a great CF; now let’s see if he can work himself into being an average MLB hitter.

    • Don says:

      Your right on…BJ is a drag on this team I don’t care anything about his defense…if he was playing in the right position most of the time his catches wouldn’t look so good..So keep playing him and we lose a spot in the line up to help score runs…He’s a moron..esp. on the bases!

    • Don says:

      and if you don’t believe me….. I hope you were watching Upton on the bases Fri. night…a disaster!

  7. Charles says:

    Don’t know if anyone else is a Maxim subscriber, but I got mine yesterday and both Dirtbag and Jenn Sterger were in this issue. It was like a happy little Rays issue.

    • Don says:

      Heres a moron talking about magazines on a basebal blog site….and you wonder why its hard to build a fan base in this area…Hey buddy what was in Oprah this month???

  8. Carey says:

    Perhaps it’s time to break out the “Shower Scene” Unedited of course.

  9. Erick says:

    Personally, I wish I received Maxim. I would much rather look at Jenn Sterger than watch the Rays right now. Terrible baseball!

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