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: Starting Pitching. About the only good thing yesterday was knowing that Andy Sonnanstine won’t be in the starting rotation unless something bad happens.

THE BAD: Andy Sonnanstine. Sonny gave up 4 more runs (3 earned) in 2 innings. It is only two outings. And it is only spring training. But until he fixes his mechanics, we wouldn’t rust him with a 10-run lead in a beer softball league…Adam Russell. He is out of minor league options, so he will be on the big league roster. But so far it has been a rough start. In 3 outings (1 inning each), he has given up at least 2 hits each time and he has allowed 3 runs. He did strike out the side yesterday…No Support. The Rays committed nearly as many errors (2) as they had hits (3).

THE TELLING: Reid Brignac has a sore groin and could be out a week…Expect a depleted lineup today as the Rays travel to Clearwater to play the Phillies. Wade Davis will be on the mound…Joe Maddon is trying hard to get BJ Upton into a good groove. No player has logged more innings this spring than Upton (30).

RANDOM THOUGHTS: Like most teams, the Rays are in a lot of trouble this season if one of their starting pitchers gets hurt. The idea of Andy Sonnanstine toeing the rubber once every five days is not pleasant.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • We have been speculating that Dan Johnson and Casey Kotchman are battling for a single roster spot this spring. Figure Filbert explains why keeping Kotchman on the roster is a bad idea. [Figure Filbert]
  • Will James Shields be the next Rays starting pitcher to get traded? Probably, but we doubt it happens anytime soon. [MLB Trade Rumors]
  • Nick Cafardo on Jim Hickey: “he may be the most important non-playing person in the American League this season.” [Boston.com]
  • Roger Mooney writes about why utility players are so important to Joe Maddon. [TBO.com]
  • Marc Topkin writes about the real Kyle Farnsworth. [TampaBay.com]
  • The Onion takes a shot at Rays fans, or as they figure, the only Rays fan. [The Onion]
  • Manny Ramirez is wearing a new t-shirt these days. [The Heater]

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11 Comments

  1. Rome says:

    Is it true that Casey Fossum showed Sonny how to hang a pitch into the strikeszone?

  2. Beth says:

    Could you reprint the data on how little spring training W-L records predict regular season success? I’m feeling a little queasy right now….

  3. James says:

    Is Sonnanstine a lock for the 25 man roster? If he keeps up this perfomance is there a chance that he won’t make the roster?

  4. CC says:

    We are witnessing the most pathetic spring training in a long time. Our bullpen blows. I got an idea for Joe. Lets try winning a game in the later innings instead of throwing out the crap he keeps throwing out in the 8th and 9th. Losing is contagious JOE! Just like winning.

  5. Scot says:

    Folks, the correlation between a spring training record and the regular season record is about as so close to absolute zero that some managers (Earl Weaver for one), actually try to keep a team’s spring training record below .500. And if players are going to hack away, let them do it now. And if a pitcher is going to try a new change-up, let him do it now.

    • CC says:

      Scott, last year Madden was telling us how important it was to establish a winning atmosphere. These guys want to win even tho its just spring training. If you think they don’t you are sadly mistaken. Joe needs to establish some kind of set up and closer roll. But day after day he continues to put out guys that don’t have any chance of making the final roster. As far as Sonny goes. He will be used once again as a mop up guy to eat innings in blowouts.

      • leningan says:

        it was 2008, I believe, when Maddon was adamant about creating a winning atmosphere. Since, I think the team has met that expectation. These guys know what it is to win. All of them have been a part of championship teams in the lower levels and have seen that success translate to 2 AL east titles the last 3 years. I don’t think Maddon is concerned with creating a winning atmosphere any longer, it’s here. Now, all that aside, it is a bit unnerving to see loss after loss, but I am more concerned with all of the minor injuries floating around. As for JoeMa needing to establish a “set up an closer role”, he won’t be able to do this in the final innings of a Spring Training game. Try looking at his use of relievers before the 5th inning to get an idea of who he trusts in the high leverage spots. Otherwise, we just need inning eaters to keep the team healthy and well-rested.

  6. Don says:

    I would promise to leave Maddon alone IF he would just do me 1 favor
    before the season starts…. cut Sonnanstine..
    That way I won’t have to see him make another pitch in a ML game..
    the guy doesn’t belong I don’t care if hes maddon’s adopted son… cut him and pay him just get him out of here..
    ALSO Kotchman in no way is close to Dan JOhnson in hitting ability…
    Hopefully someone at the Rays can wake up… I don’t care who Kotchmans dad is…get rid of him DJ is our good hitting 1st baseman….period!

    • St. Aug Ryan says:

      I agree 100%, cut Sonnanstine as soon as he shows up to the yard today. I have been saying it for 3 years. That guy is terrible. In his major leagur career, hitters have a BAA of .286 and his career ERA is 5.24. I do not understand why Joe Maddon loves him. He throws 84 mph right down the middle. He should be the pitcher in the Allstar Home Run Derby. Please get rid of this softball pitcher!

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