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: John Jaso. It has been a rough season for Jaso, who only had 5 hits coming into this game. But one missed pitch by Phillip Humber later and Jaso just about put a hole in the back wall at the Trop with his 2-run home run in the second. AJ Pierzynski wanted the pitch about 6 inches off the plate away, but Humber threw it inside. Good hitters punish mistakes. And sometimes that is all it takes to get a hitter going. Let’s hope that is the case with Jaso…Wade Davis. Typical Big Dub. Nothing about this performance screamed “wow.” And yet, when he was pulled, he had allowed only 1 run in 7 innings. It took him 27 pitches to get through the first. He only struck out 2, but did have 7 swinging strikes after getting just 12 whiffs in his first 3 starts combined…Bullpen. Six up, six down. And now, the unit that was supposed to be this team’s weakness has the second-best ERA in the AL (2.57)…Matty Joyce. Two more hits, a walk and an RBI. That’s his sixth multi-hit game in his last 8 starts. All of the sudden, Joyce is hitting a cool .321.

THE BAD: Unbalanced. Anybody else sick of seeing teams from the AL Central?

THE TELLING: Johnny Damon did not play, but was available to pinch-hit if needed…After starting 1-8, we would have been happy if the Rays were back at .500 by the All-Star break. Who knew it would only take 9 games?…The Rays face a righty (Gavin Floyd) tomorrow. But on Friday, the Blue Jays will send lefty JoJo Reyes to the mound. It will be interesting to see if Matt Joyce is in the lineup.


  • JP Howell will make the first of ten (scheduled) rehab appearances on Friday. []
  • Michael Lortz makes his debut at It’s about the Tampa Yankees, but we can forgive him for that. [MiLB]
  • David Price and DJ Kitty. Yep. [The Heater]


  • Charlotte 8, DURHAM 3: Edgar Gonzalez allowed 6 runs (4 earned) in 5 innings…Dane de la Rosa tossed 2 scoreless innings of relief. He has given up just 1 run on 6 hits in 9 innings. He does have 6 walks to go with the 8 Ks…RF Desmond Jennings was 1-4…LF Justin Ruggiano walked 3 times. He has been on base 22 times in 12 games…CF Brandon Guyer was 2-4 with a double and C Robinson Chirinos was 1-4 with an RBI.
  • MONTGOMERY 11, Jackson 10: Chris Archer was pounded for 10 hits and 5 runs in just 4 innings. He struck out 5…C Nevin Ashley hit his second home run…3B Henry Wrigley was 3-5 with a pair of doubles and 2 RBI…SS Tim Beckham was 0-4 with a walk. He did commit 2 errors. The good news is those were his first two errors of the season, ending a streak of 12 straight errorless games to start the year.
  • St. Lucie 7, CHARLOTTE 6: Merrill Kelly gave up 3 runs in 5 innings…SS Hak-Ju Lee was 1-5 with his first home run of the season…3B Greg Sexton was 3-4 with a double and 2 RBI.
  • Dayton 4, BOWLING GREEN 1: Braulio Lara walked 5 batters in just 3.1 innings, and added 2 wild pitches. He gave up 3 runs in 3.1 innings…3B Robby Price had 2 of the Hot Rods 5 hits…SS Derek Dietrich went 1-4 and is 13-37 (.351) on the season.

Matt Joyce after the game (via

We’ve been bitching about this for years




  1. Was a pretty good game, just not like the “‘wow’ ones” we’ve seen lately, here’s hoping we complete the sweep!

  2. St. Aug Ryan says:

    Way to go boys! I was hoping the Rays would get back to .500 by the end of the month and they did it 10 days ahead of schedule. Keep the MO going.

  3. Don says:

    IF Joyce keeps this up ..I’M about ready to back off the Rays for giving away one of the best pitchers in the league to get Joyce
    MAYBE, MAYBE it was worth it to get a solid outfield…we haven’t one
    NOW whats MAddon going to do with FULD, JOYCE, ZOBRIST, UPTON, DAMON Please don’t tell me platoon them…Don’t work in long run….
    Get a set out field….trade/dump Upton!

    • Andy says:


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    • Tom says:

      Please explain why platooning doe not work.

  4. werD says:

    why the picture of (?)Leslie Anderson (?) in the write up???

  5. The Rick says:

    I’m pretty that is Beckham during spring training.

  6. MJ says:

    Ha, good video. It really is a ridiculous rule.

  7. Joe says:

    I love Davis’s new approach, I am sure they discussed this idea before he signed that contract. Price, Shields and Davis make quite the 3 headed monster, so far anyway and if Hellickson can just locate the ball a bit better, we will have 4 very strong SP’s, sadly its a 5 man rotation and I never expect much from the guy going today, Jeff Neimann.

  8. Edward says:

    talking of platooning, now i can’t say to many bad things about joe maddon as of late, actually i am going to give him a lot of credit getting this team back to .500, but i have to ask , maybe somebody will have an answer, what is the deal with sean rodriquez, i thought he was suppose to be the second baseman this year. I understand we need to get zobrist in there , but what about putting srod at 3rd instead of lopez, or maybe shortstop , if i remember correctly he was a shortstop before. ( i may be wrong on that one the memory isnt what it use to be) i know it’s early but brignac isn’t haven’t his best year , and srod only seems to do well when he is in there. Sometimes the platooning becomes annoying , if it bothers me i can only imagine how the players feel.

    • Don says:

      ED + TOM the problem with platooning is that the players don’t see ML pitching enough to keep a rhythm going in hitting…2/3 times a week is not enough to see (hit) ML pitching..Ask Longo any any good hitter what they would hit if they played twice a week…IT doesnt work for a consistant effort at the plate…Don’t care what Madon says…IT will keep S ROd on the bench! know any “utility” parttime players that hit .300?

      • Tom says:

        I disagree with you Don. A number of players have thrived in platoon roles. Don Slaught hit .300,.295,.345,.300,.281, .304 and .313 for 1990-1997 as a platoon player. Wally Backman hit .320 in 1986, .303 in 1988 and .292 in 1990. More recently Marcus Thames has slugged .509, .411, .549, .497, .512, .453 and .491 from 2004-2010. Earl Weaver in the 70′s and Davey Johnson in the 80′s used platooning to maximize the production of marginal player. Obviously you do not platoon Longoria since he is an exceptional hitter against both righties and lefties but there are plenty of marginal players who if they are used properly can be very effective hitters.

        • Don says:

          OK maybe I should of asked….. name 1 Ray platoon player that thrieved….under MAddon
          NOt Joyce, not ROD, not BRig. not DJ..Certainly not Kaplar/GROSS. not Shop and now not JASO….. WHO under MAddon was a good occasional player? I’ll answer… AYbar(hitter)… and Maddon screwed him…. Fuld is doing good because when he started hitting he became an everyday player…thus his success….

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