The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

RAYS 9, Blue Jays 4 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Honey Badger. OK, he wasn’t sharp. But he did dance his way to one out. We’ll have more on this play shortly, but in the meantime, you can see the animated version HEREWorkmanlike. No idea what is going on with the starting pitchers. Hellickson pitched well enough to win, but it was ugly. He walked 3 and gave up 6 hits in less than 6 innings, striking out just 4. And if not for a great grab by Matt Joyce at the wall, it would have been worse. The problem appeared to be Hellboy’s fastball. His 4-seamer (the one that is supposed to be faster) averaged just 89.9 mph. His 2-seamer (the one that moves more) averaged 90.9 mph. So then why did he throw 37 4-seamers and just 28 2-seamers? Hellboy is a pitcher that relies on control and movement. He probably shouldn’t be throwing the 4-seamer at all, and add in more cutters (just 6 last night)…Evan Longoria. 3 hits, including a double and a home run. He drove in 4. Just dirtbag being dirtbag.

THE BAD: Reid Brignac. Briggy is just 2-17 with 1 walk to stat the season. And with both BJ Upton and Brandon Allen being added to the roster, we wouldn’t be surprised if Brignac will be in triple-A tomorrow…Jose Molina. Hey, if we are going to love the D, we have to occasionally point out things like 10 strikeouts and just 6 hits and 1 walk to start the season, including an 0-4 last night with 3 Ks.

THE TELLING: BJ Upton is expected to be activated today and Brandon Allen is expected to be added to the roster today. Look for Stephen Vogt to be demoted…The Rays went 4-6 on the road trip. Not good, but not terrible either…Stephen Vogt, in what was likely his last game with Rays for a while, was inserted as a pinch runner in the 9th inning.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • The Hillsborough County Commissioners voted to – wait for it – to have their attorneys examine the contract between the Rays and the city of St. Pete, the same contract that is available on-line for anybody to look at. But apparently Hillsborough attorneys needed permission. [TBO.com]
  • There may not be as many Rays fans, but at least Rays fans don’t do sh*t like this. [BI Sports]
  • Home runs are way up in baseball. [BI Sports]
  • Are you going to the JoeBucsFan draft party? [JoeBucsFan]

DOWN ON THE FARM

Charlotte 5, DURHAM 2. Alex Cobb struck out 6 in 6 innings, but also walked 5 and gave up 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits…The Bulls managed just 2 hits.

MONTGOMERY 6, Mobile 2. Jacob Thompson allowed 2 runs in 5 innings on 5 hits and 2 walks. He struck out just 2…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 0-3 but did walk twice…CF Brad Coon had 2 hits, a walk, and 2 stolen bases.

Jupiter 9, CHARLOTTE 8. Albert Suarez was pounded for 8 runs in just 2.2 innings on 9 hits and a walk…SS Derek Dietrich went 3-5 with a double and a triple…RF Mikie Mahtook was 2-5 and is hitting .244.

BOWLING GREEN 6, Cedar Rapids 1. Ryan Carpenter tossed 5 shutout innings, striking out 6 and walking just 1…RF Drew Vettleson went 2-4 with a double and has his average up to .286.

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  1. Michael says:

    I've never seen anyone who just goes up to the plate and takes ugly hacks like Molina does.

    They must have told him "don't worry about it, just start swinging" or something.

    He has no approach. He just keeps fouling off bad pitches until they give him one he can't handle.

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  2. angrybuddha says:

    I thought Molina could have done more to block the plate on the Jays 3rd (?) run. Key point in the game, the ball got to the plate in time, but Molina let the guy slide wide & stretch his hand out to score. As I say, he could have done more. All in all, I'm disappointed by his D - framing pitches is great, but he's got to get down on balls in the dirt and he's got to protect the plate... right?

    I feel bad for Vogt. Guy struggles with his shot at the Bigs and the day we pick up Brandon Allen he knows he's getting sent down. So he gets thrown in to the game to stand around at 2nd base in the 9th inning of a blowout while Matt Joyce and Elliot Johnson struck out. There's no good way to be send down to the Minors, but to get a pity-pinch-run appearance is probably one of the bad ways...

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  3. Hal says:

    What is so great about Molina's D? OK, he frames pitches, but what else does he do? Please wake me up when he makes a decent block behind the plate and his positioning on the throw from Carlos last night stunk out loud. The pitchers don't seem to jumping for joy about the way he calls a game either.

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  4. Cory says:

    Why do you call him honey badger? That stopped being funny way before Tyrann Mathieu was called that.

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    • Cork Gaines says:

      It's not supposed to be funny. And it has nothing to do with Mathieu (it wasn't supposed to be funny with him either). It has to do with Fernando Rodney's personality, and how it reminds us of this video...

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      • Beth says:

        OK, but I just don't think this is a nickname that's going to catch on.

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        • Cork Gaines says:

          That's never been important. It is not approval we are looking for. They are nicknames that encapsulate how we view that particular player. We call David Price "King David" because of how he rose up and slayed the mighty Red Sox in '08. We call Grant Balfour "The Mad Australian" for obvious reasons. We call Jeff Niemann "The Giraffe" because he has a really long neck. We call Andy Sonnanstine "The Duke" because his style was reminiscent of "El Duque" Hernandez. And there a dozen more that have never caught on. In fact, we would be surprised if any of them ever caught on. It's our thing.

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          • KillaTapes says:

            I like the Honey Badger moniker personally. And I have to constantly remind friends that there are a million other "__-Rod's" in sports, and that Rodzilla is much more unique. Of course, Rodzilla is more Not-zilla these days, but you get the point.

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      • Cory says:

        I get why he's called that, I just don't understand why you're rehashing a very old joke for a different person.

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        • Cork Gaines says:

          I'm not sure why you keep referring to it as a "joke." As I stated before, it's not a joke. Rodney's personality reminds us of The Honey Badger. That's it. It is not meant to be funny. It is meant to be fun. If you don't think it's fun, that's cool. We all have different tastes.

          And it wasn't a joke with Mathieu either. He earned the nickname because he is small and isn't afraid to go after bigger players. It was a compliment.

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    • Connie says:

      I like the name Honey Badger. Just realized yesterday the Felix Hernandez also wears a cap askew. Do a lot of others do that? And only pitchers?

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  5. Michael says:

    i like the honeybadger nickname

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  6. MJ says:

    Exceptions i take with this post:
    1. obviously desmond should also go in "the good"
    2. I have not seen D from Molina that I "love". Also, I am not sure who is calling pitches, but i have not been impressed with the approach and selection.

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  7. Alex says:

    Molina has flat out sucked so far. Period. We need a real catcher. All these "wild pitches" are merely passed balls that his fat a** can't stop. Molina is the second coming of Dioner Navarro people.

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  8. Ray J says:

    Hmmmmm....where is the guy who was complaining all offseason about the acquisitions of Pena and Scott (26 RBI's combined already)? Oh, I know, he's now complaining about catcher and SS.

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