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

Royals 8, RAYS 2 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Chris Archer. The defense didn’t help and he gave up some hits. But what I saw was a big league pitcher. In fact, he has looked better in his last two starts than he probably has all season in the minors. Fluke? Maybe. But sometimes a player smells the finish line and focuses. Archer would already be in the rotation for 20 teams. But with the Rays, he will head back to Durham, and we might not see him again until next year. And even then, that might not happen.

THE BAD: Rays Being The Rays. C’mon, we all know this team is perfectly capable of losing a series to the Kansas City Royals. In fact, I would say this team has a better chance of being swept by the Royals than the Yankees. The Rays play to their opponent. And that is clear in this series…Defense, Again. We will have more on this later, but there it was again. The defense doing some very un-Rayslike things. This time it was Sean Rodriguez on back-to-back pitches. First an errant relay throw. And then a booted groundball. And the Rays never recovered.

THE TELLING: Prospect Leslie Anderson has been placed on the DL with a groin injury.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • James Shields interviewed Chris Archer prior to his start. [TampaBay.com]
  • We have all seen blown calls. We have never seen this before. [BI Sports]
  • I’m pretty sure we linked to this last year, but it is still funny, and more relevant. [Win a Date with Chris Archer]
  • A panhandle police chief was struck by a bullet while watching a game at the Trop. Nobody knows where the bullet came from and thankfully, it only left a bruise. [TampaBay.com]

DOWN ON THE FARM

Syracuse 3, DURHAM 2 (12). Kyle Farnsworth faced 4 batters, striking out 2 and giving up 1 hit in his rehab appearance…Matt Torra then pitched 6.2 innings, giving up just 1 run on 4 hits and a walk. He struck out 6…DH Luke Scott went 1-5…C Chris Gimenez was 3-5 with a double and a walk…Tim Beckham again played second base, going 1-5 with a walk…SS Reid Brignac was 0-4 with a walk.

MONTGOMERY 7, Jacksonville 6. Alex Colome gave up 6 runs in 3 innings on 8 hits and 4 walks. He had just 1 strikeout. He also balked twice…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 2-5 with his 26th stolen base…DH Ryan Garko had 3 singles to raise his average to .344.

CHARLOTTE @ Brevard County (double-header). Postponed

West Michigan 13, BOWLING GREEN 11. RF Drew Vettleson went 4-5 with 4 RBI, raising his average to .301. He also stole his 9th base…LF Josh Sale added 2 hits, a walk, and his 5th steal…2B Ryan Brett went 2-5 with a walk and is hitting .316. He also stole his 20th base.

HUDSON VALLEY 4, Brooklyn 2. 2B Thomas Coyle had 3 hits including a double, and scored twice. He also had his 3rd stolen base.

Greeneville 8, Princeton 7. SS Brandon Martin went 3-4 with a walk and is hitting .241.

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5 Comments

  1. Michael says:

    I think it might be a tiny fluke

    Pitcher with a reputation for walking too many batters versus a team that notoriously doesn’t take walks

    Advantage pitcher

    Let’s see him do it against the Yankees then I’m sold

  2. Rob says:

    How about the Mets, White Sox and Red Sox? Are they all likely to sweep us before the Yankees do too? Because they did. And they were all really ugly like this series.

    What I don’t get is earlier this season Maddon said that Rodriguez is perhaps the best fielding 2nd baseman in the league. If that’s true, then why not play him there for crying out loud? I think Sunday was the first time I saw him play 2nd in weeks. Oh, and by the way, no errors by the team on Sunday.

  3. don says:

    This weak hitting team won’t be successful until Maddon gives up his stubborn stance on placement of certain players in the lineup, will they score 8 runs…no.. but could they score 4 runs with the hitters they have….easy…. but they have to be placed in spots where they can help…Maddon can’t/won’t do that…
    Joe knows best…ask him..you know nothing…ask him

  4. Hal says:

    How exactly does Matsui fit this team? In many ways, he is the anti-Ray. He has very little flexibility (I know, he can play both left and right with equal amounts of incompetence), he’s old with limited athletic ability, and he no one aspect of his game screams out to be exploited.

    He has already grounded into 4 double plays in less than 80 PA’s! Please reassure me that he is gone when Luke comes back. Please.

    • Rob says:

      I absolutely agree. Not only do his skills not fit the philosophy of this team, he doesn’t seem to have the right personality either. Of course, I am not in the locker room or the dugout, so this is completely an outside perspective and largely speculative.

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