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, Yankees 3 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: David Price vs Alex Rodriguez. Price only worked 5 innings. But part of that was due to an incredible 11-pitch at bat in the 5th inning with the bases loaded, one out, and A-Rod representing the tying run. Price’s gameplan against A-Rod was not fastball. Rather, he fed Rodriguez 7 curveballs in the at bat, including 3 swinging strikes. It was as intense of an at bat as you will ever see in June, and King David finally slayed Goliath with his mighty curveball…David Price vs Robinson Cano. Price wasn’t done after A-Rod. He still had to get past Cano to survive the 5th inning. But unlike A-Rod, Cano got the fastball treatment. Six straight fastballs, with Cano fouling off 4 in a row. The final pitch of the at bat, and for Price in the game, was a 98 mph fastball that turned into a weak groundball to end the inning…Drew Sutton. The guy we sometimes confuse for Elliot Johnson delivered the big blow offensively, with a 2-run double in the 4th inning to make the game 5-1 and give the Rays some breathing room.

THE BAD: Carlos Pena. Last night it was 0-4 with 3 strikeouts. And in his last 11 games, he is 3-34 with 12 strikeouts. That, that’s not good.

THE TELLING: David Price now has a 3.05 career ERA against the AL East…The Rays are once again tied with the Orioles for first place in the AL East, a half-game ahead of the Yankees.


  • We’ve got some GIFy goodness at the end of this post. Click the below.
  • David Price talks about getting out of the 5th inning. []
  • Why are we linking to a post discussing an anti-Obamacare campaign? Because amazingly, a Rays minor league pitcher makes an unfortunate appearance thanks to a troll. Look at the seventh screengrab down. [BuzzFeed]
  • Ben Zobrist is struggling with his mechanics at the plate. But the quotes sound more like he is overthinking it. []
  • Three members of the Montgomery Biscuits were named to the SL All-Star team. [RaysProspects]
  • Are the Bucs a playoff contender? [JoeBucsFan]


Scranton/WB 6, DURHAM 2. Jim Paduch gave up 5 runs in 6 innings on 9 hits and 2 walks…SS Reid Brignac went 1-4, ending an 0-24 skid…CF Rich Thompson went 2-5.

MONTGOMERY 1, Chattanooga 0. Kyle Lobstein struck out 5 and walked 2 in 6 shutout innings. He allowed 5 hits…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 2-4 and is hitting .242. He also committed his 13th error.

CHARLOTTE @ Lakeland. (postponed)

Lansing 5, BOWLING GREEN 4 (11). LF Josh Sale went 0-4 with a walk…CF Drew Vettleson was 1-4 with a walk…2B Ryan Brett had a single and a walk, and added his 16th stolen base.

It is nice to see the Three Amigos back together, but why are they playing Rock-Paper-Scissors after the game? No matter what the answer, it is awesome…

This thing David Price does with his cap is mesmerizing…

Did Jim Hickey fall into a sink hole?





  1. don says:

    Pena (re)signning for $7mil may have take over the Pat Burrell signing for $8mil, as the dumbest Friedman move ever except for Hamilton, with out even looking I'm sure Pat hit over .200...Pena will not.... but he will smile, Pat did not.....
    Maybe Hichey was still hung over after a night in NY City with the think?

  2. s says:

    carlos and zo are at the top 5 in the league in walks and the bottom 5 in the league in average. carlos is also in the top 5 in K's.

    how much of this falls directly on shelton? other than kotch, is there anyone on this team that has improved since he arrived here?

  3. Gus says:

    All of these guys have their own batting coaches and approaches. No big league batitng coach is going to move the needle more than 5-10 points either way. Pena is what he is.

    I think until Longo comes back, the best line up is with Sutton at 3b (the list of Rays switch hitters is a short and inglorious one -- Zobrist and Dioner Navarro and I can't think of too many others). He has decent fielding range and isn't named Elliot Johnson and lets S-Rod play SS.

    Price has finally learned to pitch off his off-speed stuff. Matt Moore could learn a lot from that. I also think it is helps you go deeper in games (last night not a good example, I realize). Change ups and curve balls have to take less out of you than the 90% fastballs Price was throwing at times in 2011.

    Nice win.

  4. s says:

    "No big league batitng coach is going to move the needle more than 5-10 points either way."

    really? before shelton got here we were a .260+ team. look at the numbers since his arrival. were now a .240 team with the last couple of years being some of the worst in our history. luck? coincidence? keep believing that.

    • Sarah says:

      I have no idea whether Derek Shelton is good at his job. Maybe he's the worst.

      But S, your reasoning is so faulty I don't know where to start. First, how can you make head to head comparisons of batting average between the 2009 team and subsequent teams and suggests that's a fair measure of the hitting coach, when the actual players have changed so much? Look at the 2009 25 man roster - the overlap of position players with today's roster is exactly 5, and the batting averages of those five have varied quite a bit, both before Shelton was hired and since. So how does this tell us anything about Shelton?

      Secondly, is there anyone out there who still thinks batting average tells us a whole lot about a team's offensive production? In 2010 the Rays may have only hit around .240, but they scored 802 runs -- third highest in the MLB! They also won 96 games. Would you rather have been the Detroit Tigers that year, with a .260 plus average and 81 wins?

      Maybe Shelton is terrible, but please come up with a better way to make that case.

      • s says:

        the new hitting theory since shelton has arrived is "work the pitcher". therefore we get a lot of walks, a lot of strikeouts, and not many hits. the number CLEARY show that. sure in the past, it scored runs due to timely hitting and aggressive baserunning.

        we still get the walks, but the aggressive base running is gone. so now we are hoping for timely hitting, because it takes 4 walks to score a runner. what happens when we don't get timely hitting? we strand runners. do you not see this on a weekly basis from this team?

        jesus you or i could be the "hitting" coach. "go out there and work the count". i would hope that a "hitting" coach would help your team get hits, not walks. my biggest pet peeve from this team is when we take the first strike right down the middle, and it happens alot in games that we don't produce hits in. if a pitcher can pound the strike zone, and we're in our typicaly "take" mode, then we LOSE, if he's average or below average on pounding the zone, then we get baserunners and stand a chance of winning with our pitching.

        sarah, i realize that you can't compare season and rosters. but we are the tampa bay (devil) rays, we've had some HORRIBLE teams in our history, and yet the past 3 years have produce some of the lowest batting avg in our HISTORY. can i make a fair assumption and put some of that on shelton? yes, that wouldn't be a stretch. remember this, HE WAS FIRED BY THE CLEVELAND INDIANS.

        ask yourself this, what have been the worst two years for Carlos as far as avg? 2010 and 2012!!! what do they have in common? the book is out on the rays, pound the strike zone, don't get cute, don't allow them to walk.

  5. Slotter says:

    In the good I think should be maddens lineup. Putting the best hitters on the team right now (excluding Joyce) at the 3-4 spot even though they aren't 3-4 hitters. Against lefties I like this lineup until longo gets back. And against eighties maybe slotting upton at third ad dj back in the lead off with Joyce cleanup.

  6. Nathan says:

    I think the Rays' failure to trade a SP in the offseason for a quality bat(s) (i.e. Latos to the Reds for Alonso/Grandal) is really hurting us. It does us no good to have a pitching staff holding the other team to 2 runs when we can't score 3. I like Pena as much as anyone, but his outs aren't even productive. I think they should seriously consider trading Shields while he still has value and/or Davis. There are no bats waiting in the high minors, which means JoeMa is stuck with these guys for this season plus next. Wouldn't we rather have a sub-standard pitcher on the mound every 5th day in exchange for a bat to help us win the other 4??

  7. ali says:

    I think the rock paper scissors thing is done to establish what order they stand in line to congratulate each other


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