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

RAYS 7, Blue Jays 1 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: The Bullpen. It is never good when you have to depend on the bullpen for 8 innings, but they came through last night, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits and 5 walks. Two of those innings came from Wade Davis. Will he now take 4 days rest and enter the rotation? …David Price. Why Price? Because it is a good thing he is pitching tonight. At the very least, Cesar Ramos and Wade Davis won’t be available tonight. And there is a good chance Burke Badenhop, who has worked 3 straight days, is also unavailable. That leaves Four relievers. The Rays will also likely call up a reliever to replace Niemann to help in the ‘pen tonight, and maybe even make another move tomorrow, or in 4 days.

THE BAD: Of Course Jeff Niemann will miss a couple of months. We are now convinced that this team is genuinely cursed. Jeff Niemann took a line drive off the side of his leg in the first inning. And when he went out to start the second, he couldn’t go. It turns out he has a broken fibula and will be out for a while. This team needs a voodoo intervention. Will the Rays call up Alex Cobb to fill out the rotation? Joe Maddon sounds like he would prefer to keep Davis as a reliever. And we know Big Dub has been good in the bullpen. But so far this season, Davis is averaging just 2.5 innings pitched per week. It is a lot easier to replace that than it is to replace a starting pitcher

THE TELLING: Jeff Niemann will make it 8 Rays on the DL…Desmond Jennings did go on the DL prior to the game and Stephen Vogt was called up to replace him. Vogt arrived and was in uniform midway through the game…The Rays are 22-14, tied for first in the AL East

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Be sure to click the <Read More…> below to see a classic JP Howell meltdown.
  • Jeff Niemann will be out a minimum of four weeks, and possibly as long as “several months.” [TampaBay.com]
  • The Rays have signed former Indians first baseman Ryan Garko, who played in Korea last year. His best season came in 2007 when he hit .289 with 21 home runs and a .359 OBP. [@TBTimes_Rays]
  • What does the loss of Da’Quan Bowers mean? [JoeBucsFan]
  • Chris Archer was named the International League Pitcher of the Week. [WDBB]

DOWN ON THE FARM

DURHAM 1, Scranton/WB 0. Alex Cobb struck out 8 and walked 3 in 5 shutout innings. He gave up 3 hits…Alex Torres walked the one batter he faced in relief…The only run of the game came via a Juan Miranda solo home run.

MONTGOMERY 3, Jacksonville 2. Shane Dyer struck out 5 and walked just 1 in 7 innings, allowing 1 hit and 1 run (a solo home run)…SS Hak-Ju Lee had 3 hits, including a walk-off bases loaded single in the 9th.

CHARLOTTE 13, Fort Myers 1. Grayson Garvin struck out 6 and walked 2 in 5 innings. He allowed 1 run and 4 hits…DH Derek Dietrich had 2 triples and his 3rd home run…3B Riccio Torrez added his 5th home run.

South Bend 2, BOWLING GREEN 0 (gm 1). The Hot Rods were held to 1 hit in game 1, a double by Drew Vettleson.

BOWLING GREEN 3, South Bend 2 (gm 2). Drew Vettleson went 1-3 with a double…DH Jeff Malm was 2-3 with a double and his 4th home run…LF Josh Sale went 0-2.

“I DRIVE A DODGE STRATUS!” (at least that what we think JP Howell was saying)

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15 Comments

  1. Connie says:

    Was Davis not stretched out enough to pitch more than 2.5 innings?

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    • Cork Gaines says:

      I've heard this a lot, and it is a concern, but not an overly big one. He has only been a reliever for six weeks. If this was something he had been doing for 6 months, then maybe. I'd be willing to bet he could go out and pitch 80-90 pitches without any problem, and that would be fine for a start or two.

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  2. Charles says:

    Cobb seems like the likely choice, especially since he pitched last night and could slide into Niemann's spot on normal rest. My guess is that they call up a reliever (I'd guess Gomes or Dane de la Rosa) until Niemann's turn comes up, then demote the reliever and call up Cobb.

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    • Hal says:

      I think this is the way they'll go. Great Dane for a couple of days and then Cobb for the rotation spot pissing off WD40 to no ends. But we really need him in the pen and he seems to be growing into that role.

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  3. Drew says:

    We need more JP Howell GIFs.

    Also, I'm coming down from VA this weekend to catch the Rays shut down the Braves. Anyone know any good bars in St. Pete or close to the stadium?

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    • brianknowsbest says:

      the best and one and only is Fergs. Its where most if not all rays fans go before the game.

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    • Amanda says:

      Can't go wrong with Ferg's.

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    • David says:

      Fergs, sure, but there is all of Central Ave between 2nd and 3rd Street, as well as surrounding areas. If you want to catch a nice bite, there is all of Beach Drive that has a lot of choices. For names? The Garden, Central Cigars, MacDintons, The Independent, World of Beer, The Avenue, Bella Brava, Cassis, Tryst, Parkshore Grill - just some highlights.

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    • GeneralAntilles says:

      The Burg Bar & Grill is on Central around 17th St. Really good sweet potato fries.

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  4. Dave L says:

    I wonder what the coaqches have been telling Wade over the first 6 weeks?

    Bide your time in the pen and pitch well and if a spot opens up its yours?

    Or you are a reliever now big boy so make the best of it.

    Niemann is going to miss at least 12 starts so even though Cobb may be the best choice for a short run, I would expect Wade to be called upon.

    He will know it may be his last chance to start as a Ray at least.

    Sunrays really stayed with JP venting

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  5. Sarah says:

    It's the curse of Matt Bush.

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  6. Jason C says:

    I would love to see Cobb get some extended ML time. My favorite pitching style is the fastball/curve/change type. Plus, I think he has more upside than either Davis or Niemann.

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  7. Clay says:

    It's not just about being able to throw 80-90 pitches, it's about being able to throw 90-100 quality pitches and get hitters out the third or fourth time through the lineup. If Wade hasn't been working on all of his secondary pitches, he is only ready to go 3 innings not 7.

    Cobb got a look last year so it may be time for Torres/Archer to get theirs. Maybe just until Farnsworth comes of the DL in a few weeks and then we see Davis move back to the rotation.

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  8. Cork Gaines says:

    yes, eventually he needs to throw 90-100 pitches. But the Rays can survive if he throws 80 one start. And Davis has been throwing all five pitches, even in relief.

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