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: Dan Johnson. He got good wood on his 2nd inning double. It is a little worrisome that the ball didn’t get out as he had a few of those this spring. But as long as he is making good contact, the power should come…Ben Zobrist. Thanks to a 9th inning solo home run by Zorilla, we are not left wondering when the Rays will score their first run.

THE BAD: Offensive. The Rays had just 2 baserunners in the first 7 innings and picked up just 3 hits and 1 walk off of Jeremy Guthrie in 8 innings. At one point, Guthrie retired 13 in a row…Offensive Defense. With the Rays trailing 1-0 in the 5th, Johnnt Damon played a 1-run double into a 2-run triple. And then Brian Roberts scored on a sac fly when he should have been on second base. With the way Guthrie was tossing, the game was essentially over at that point…BJ Being BJ. The Rays finally got 2 runners on in the 8th. But trailing by 4, that is not the time to try to get both runners in scoring position. The Rays needed more than 2 runs. But Upton got caught leaning and was picked off. And yes, the umpire blew an obvious interference call, but BJ shouldn’t have been in that position. That killed the rally and any hope of a comeback.

THE TELLING: Lefty Brian Matusz, who beat the Rays twice last year, will not start today as originally scheduled. Tomorrow’s starter (Chris Tillman) will be moved up, and Zach Britton will be called up from the minors on Sunday…Yesterday was Don Zimmer’s 52nd opening day. And it was Manny Ramirez’18st consecutive start on opening day, second-best among active players…Joe Maddon said he will use Sam Fuld as a late-inning defensive replacement for Johnny Damon to ease Damon’s workload…Former Devil Rays Randy Winn has retired.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • David Price was hard on himself following the game. [TampaBay.com]
  • The “Boo [Governor] Rick Scott” movement at the Trop was actually quite large. [WTSP.com]
  • Drew Vettleson, the Rays second pick in the 2010 draft, is moving from the outfield to the mound. This is significant because Vettleson was a) drafted as an outfielder and has yet to play a minor league game; and b) he was a switch-pitcher in high school. See comments [Rays Prospects]
  • DJ Jones, the Rays 11th round pick in 2007 has been cut. Also Jonah Bayliss is now a free agent after failing to make the Rays roster. He was invited to spring training on a minor league deal. [Rays Prospects]
  • Tim Beckham isn’t worried about what the critics say. [Montgomery Advertiser]
  • In an upset, Dewon Brazelton was not the worst opening day starting pitcher of the last 30 years. He was only the third worst. [Wall Street Journal]



Joe Maddon before the game (via TampaBay.com)

David Price after the game (via TampaBay.com)

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14 Comments

  1. Burgi says:

    That’s funny Cork! I hope you got it that the Vettleson story was a 1st April joke by Kevin! ;-)

  2. Michael says:

    Yeah, you may want to take the Vettleson story down not to confuse people.

  3. Jim says:

    I also saw on Twitter yesterday that draysbay said Jeff Niemann got traded and a lot of people fell for it.

    If a website is going to report news, don’t do April Fools stories. As readers we are supposed to be able to trust what you write is accurate. It shouldn’t be our job to try and figure out what is true and what is a poor attempt at humor.

    • Derek says:

      If you’re going to believe everything you read on the internet, that’s your problem, not theirs. Do your own legwork if you are really bothered by it.

      • Jim says:

        So what you are saying is I shouldn’t trust anything raysprospects writes? Duly noted. What about the New York Times? Are they ok still? Or should i verify all their sources first?

        • Derek says:

          You’re acting like they make crap up all the time. It’s once a year, one story. You got fooled, and now you’re upset about it. Just accept that you got fooled and laugh it off.

  4. ljk says:

    Maybe we’ve all glossed over the fact that Damon can’t throw it more than 90 feet. That bit where he tried to toss it to BJ was comical. CC he ain’t.

    • Derek says:

      I can’t wait to see Crawford’s arm in eight years.

      • Alex says:

        Carl never had much of an arm. If he put a lot of strength into it, the throw was never accurate. Anyone remember when Carl gunned a ball in from the outfield and nailed Edwin Jackson in the head behind home plate?

        • Alex says:

          Infante singled on the next pitch, driving in Guillen. A second run scored when left fielder Carl Crawford’s throw to the plate sailed over catcher Shawn Riggans for an error and Jackson, who backing up on the play, failed to pick up the flight of the ball and was struck in the side of the face.

        • Derek says:

          Get your facts right, Alex. He is a center fielder playing left field. When he is as old as Damon, and can’t run anymore, they will have him pitch.

  5. Jim says:

    The Brignac error that was ruled a hit started the whole thing, Price was visibly upset and walked Hardy leading to the double that was ruled a triple. If Brignac & Damon were rightfully given errors, then Price gives up only 2 ER and the offense becomes the main focus.

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