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: Bow To BJ. Our number 5 jersey has been retired for a no. 2, and Bossman responds with 2 more hits and now has 8 of the Rays’ 27 (30%) hits.

THE BAD: No O. The Rays set a Major League record when they only picked up 6 basehits. Six games is now the longest streak in big league history to start the season without getting at least 7 hits in one game (data only goes back to 1919). And they did it against Edwin Jackson. The Rays struck out 14 times and walked once. Jackson had a career high 13 Ks, just the 5th time in his career that he had at least 10. And if it weren’t for a walk and a single by Sam Fuld, Jackson would have had a perfect game going in the 7th inning…Running Wild. The White Sox stole 4 bases and opponents are now 11-11 in stolen bases against John Jaso and Kelly Shoppach this season.

THE TELLING: Johnny Damon held a players-only meeting after the game…The Rays are just the 4th team since 1920 to score 1 run or less in 5 of their first 6 games. They are also just the 2nd team to never hold a lead in any of their first 6 games…Dirk Hayhurst will start today for the Durham Bulls. With Alex Cobb and Alex Torres still in the development stage, Hayhurst may be the Rays backup starter right now should the Rays need one for an extended period. Andy Sonnanstine would likely be called upon for any spot starts.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Reminder: We will have the second “meeting” of the RI Baseball Book Club tomorrow. We will be discussing Jonah Keri’s “The Extra 2%.” Even if you haven’t finished the book yet, feel free to stop by and offer your thoughts and questions. Again, no set schedule. Come and go as you please. 
  • Joe Maddon is not sure if this is the last time Manny Ramirez will miss any more time due to his personal issue. [Rays Report]
  • We love when one counters the “well, 99% of time it doesn’t happen” argument with “but, this one time it happened.” Yes we get it. It can happen. That doesn’t mean it is likely. [Newsday]

DOWN ON THE FARM

  • Gwinnett 2, DURHAM 1: Justin Ruggiano had 3 of the Bulls 11 hits including a double and a stolen base. Desmond Jennings had a single and his first steal of the year. Richard de los Santos allowed 2 runs in 4 innings with 3 Ks and 2 walks.
  • Birmingham 1, MONTGOMERY 0: Matt Moore made his first double-A start a good one with 7 strikeouts in 5 innings, giving up just 1 run on 2 hits and no walks. Tim Beckham went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts in his double-A debut.
  • CHARLOTTE 3, Bradenton 2: With 1 out in the 9th, Mayo Acosta singled home 2 runs for the walk-off win. Jake Thompson, a 2nd round pick a year ago, gave up 2 runs in 4.1 innings with 1 K and 2 walks. Tyler Bortnick was 2-4 with 2 stolen bases.
  • BOWLING GREEN 4, Dayton 0: Enny Romero struck out 8, walked 1 and allowed just 1 hit in 5 scoreless innings. Derek Dietrich, the Rays other 2nd round pick last year homered and drove in 3.

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36 Comments

  1. Phil says:

    this offense sucks but the pitching has been good…Matt Moore nice debut in AA…brandon guyer 2-3 in AAA debut…

  2. Sarah says:

    Time for some gallows humor:

    – good news for sports writers — they can just cut and paste their stories from the last game to report on the next game
    – at least we’re only paying $40 million, rather than $160 million, for this mess
    – We’ll all be very productive employees and exemplary parents/spouses/etc this Fall without a pennant race to distract us

    • Mark E says:

      “at least we’re only paying $40 million, rather than $160 million, for this mess”
      – ha ha ha… so true

    • Derek says:

      Yeah, but that 160 mill bought them players who can still win 90+ games. Granted, so can we, but it’s going to be a lot easier for that team.

  3. CC says:

    What else can be said when your best hitter in the lineup is a career .260 hitter………

  4. Don says:

    WHen in your feeling sorry for the Rays and Yourself(Rays fans)…
    these are the self proclaimed(and fan admired) geniuses that GAVE AWAY Edwin JAckson for some guy named JOYCE…..
    WHAT? HOW? NOT POSSIBLE you say….
    Think WE went from HAving CArl Crawford (future hall of fame player) as our best player to Longoria (probable HOF candidate) to NOW a very avg. ML player (upton) as our best player….Oh I forgot an Idiot as a mgt.
    and what is it that you EXPECT from this team????
    Here comes the early
    2000′s when we couldn’t beat anybody…Remember? many of you don’t

    • Andy says:

      PleAse, DRInk moRE.

    • Tom says:

      CC has really helped the Sox so far.

      • Andy says:

        But you cannot deny that its management’s fault that Longoria got injured, can you? (sarcasm)

        • Don says:

          Just exactly how many runs do you want longo to score or drive in….WE AVG. 1!….so he makes 2or 21/2 so were 1 and 5 maybe

    • Mark E says:

      They needed a bat. They had a surplus of pitchers with Price coming up. Although he had 14 wins, Edwin Jackson was their least consistent pitcher (remember the early inning scoring and walk fests?). The Jackson/Joyce move made sense. Hindsight is 20/20.

      • Derek says:

        Hindsight is 20/20. I still like our starting five more than I like Jackson. You could make a case for Niemann, but I’d still take him over Jackson, pitching in the AL East.

        As for Joyce, I liked what I saw last year, and he looks a lot better than most of our guys this year.

        • Alex says:

          Why because he hit a few big homeruns? He still hit .241 and he turns 27 in August. At what point is he going to go from “he looks nice” to actually doing something productive?

    • Derek says:

      If Crawford died tomorrow he wouldn’t get in the HOF. He still needs a number of solid years before he has a chance to get in.

  5. Hal says:

    I blame Chuck Lamar.

  6. Alex says:

    And for everyone that’s downing the whole changing coaches thing (not suggesting firing maddon even if he annoys the hell out of me) just remember the Orioles from last year and this year. They were awful until Buck came in and got them in shape. Its not like their players changed. They still had the same crappy pitchers and hitters and yet his mere presence and philosophy changed that clubhouse for the better.

    Toronto. Don’t tell me Citto Gaustin (sp?) didn’t make a difference. Do you think its a coincidence that as soon as he comes in Bautista starts hitting, Vernon Wells has one of his best years in a long time etc…

    Firing Shelton and getting a real hitting coach can make a difference. Unfortunately Maddon and his man love for his coaches will never let that happen. There’s a reason the Indians fired him (he wasn’t very good)….

    • Cito has a special “tea” that allows for more power.

    • Derek says:

      Matusz is terrible? Guthrie is terrible?

      John Lackey had a great second half too, did Boston get a new manager?

      • Alex says:

        Matusz was a rookie who had an up and down year and Guthrie has been an average pitcher his whole career. I like how you pulled out two guys from the 5 man rotation and the bullpen. Nice try though. Keep on being a cheerleader for Matt Joyce

        • Derek says:

          Those two had the biggest turnarounds when Buck took over, that’s why I choose them.

          Also, Bautista has played for the Jays since 2008.

        • Derek says:

          Cheering for Matt Joyce? I made one comment, and you came me. It’s not like a ran in here just to talk about Joyce. I replied to someone else, saying that I liked what he did last year. You’re the one that called me out, and I showed you he was productive. Your move, Alex.

  7. Alex says:

    While this front office has been great at finding pitchers their ability to find and keep hitters is a little worrisome.

  8. Theodore says:

    >>They are also just the 2nd team to never hold a lead in any of their first 6 games<<

    Guess that's one way to solve your closer problem.

  9. CC says:

    Just a thought. Didn’t Casey Kotchman have a pretty good spring. Can’t get much worse than DJ. at the plate. And way better in field.

  10. IndianaRaysFan says:

    What do you mean, ” Our number 5 jersey has been retired” ?

  11. stunna says:

    well, Manny just retired. Can’t say I’m too shocked.

    • Ken Heller says:

      Bring up Jennings right now. Flip Damon to DH. Keep Johnson and Shoppach on a very short leash. They’re both over 30 and are not “future” stars. Bring up Chirnios if Kelly continues to play like a bum. Think about Jaso or Zobrist at 1B permanently. Time to rebuild like we mean it.

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