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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Today we have several stories planned that will include a lot of numbers. We will also be using stats like wOBA and FIP. Please don’t panic. There won’t be any math and there won’t be any exams afterwards. But if these stats are foreign to you or just downright confusing, we hope you will take today to better understand them. If you have questions, please ask. Nobody is going to judge you. At some point, everybody, even the most diehard stathead, did not know what these stats were and thought things like RBI were a really good way to evaluate a player (it is not).

And if you don’t want these acronyms in your life, you can always head over to the Raysheads Forum and discuss whatever you feel like.


  • Jason Bartlett was placed on the DL and the Rays will recall Kelly Shoppach from his rehab assignment. This means the Rays will go with 3 catchers for the time being. It also means we will probably see John Jaso DH at some point.
  • Rafael Soriano was named MLB’s top reliever for the month of May.
  • Tom Verducci compares how Angel Hernandez handled his blown call during the Rays game with how Jim Joyce handled his blown call during the near-perfect game. In other words, the situation in Detroit would have been much, much uglier (thanks Amanda). []
  • Marc Topkin writes about the brutal weather the Rays will face this weekend. [St. Pete Times]
  • Roger Mooney writes about Rafael Soriano and how valuable he has been to the Rays. [Tampa Tribune]
  • The Book questions Joe Maddon’s decision to have his switch-hitters hit right-handed against Shaun Marcum. [The Book]
  • The Rays second-round pick a year ago, was named the Pac-10’s Freshman of the Year. [Mercury News]
  • The Tampa Bay History Center is going to have a Rays watch party on Father’s Day (thanks Jordi). [Tampa Bay History Center]


  • Check out “The Rundown” from Rays Prospects for boxscores and more detailed recaps. [Rays Prospects]
  • DURHAM: Carlos Hernandez gave up 3 runs in 5 innings on 6 hits and 1 walk. He struck out 4…Matt Joyce hit a 3-run home run and drove in 5…Chris Richard also homered, his 8th…Desmond Jennings did not play.
  • MONTGOMERY: Jake McGee threw 6 shutout innings giving up just 3 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 4…Matt Sweeney went 0-4 with 2 Ks…Matt Gorgen picked up his 10th save with a perfect ninth.
  • CHARLOTTE: Another rough outing for Matt Moore who gave up 6 runs (5 earned) in 6 innings. He struck out 5 and walked 3. The big blow was a 3-run first inning home run…Leslie Anderson was 0-4.
  • BOWLING GREEN: (postponed)




  1. ramedy says:

    So I guess this means the only way we see Joyce anytime soon is either a Rodriguez demotion or a Kapler release. I'm hoping for the latter; Sean John looks infinitely better at the plate than he did at the beginning of the season, at least against LHP.

    And I guess the clock is now ticking on Johner Navaso (doesn't have the same ring as Jojo Lobaso). I kept thinking that Maddon putting Jaso in big spots in the lineup meant Navi was not long for the roster, but the fact that they're carrying 3 friggin catchers must mean Jaso's defense worries Maddon as much as it worries everyone else.

    If Jaso does indeed get some time at DH, one question must be asked - why the heck is Blalock still on the roster? Are they just hoping someone bites on a trade? That's another roster spot that could be given to Joyce.

  2. Alex says:

    Why give a roster spot to Joyce when he too has done absolutely nothing? Give Blalock a chance. If he can play the outfield I wouldn't mind giving him more ab's especially at 1b. He smacks the ball when he puts it in play at least. Joyce will probably get hurt putting his pants on today

  3. Joe D. says:

    Prof, off topic today, but I was looking at Hellickson's stats, and last year he only there 114 innings, and this season he's already at 65 ip. If I remember correctly the Rays formula is 20% more ip then the season before... Does this mean he's already thrown half of his innings for the season? and how do you think this affects his call-up chances/roll? If we see him in St. Pete, will it only be as a reliever, if we make the postseason might he have a Price of '08 roll?


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