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

RAYS 4, Mariners 1 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Alex Cobb. Let’s take a look at Corn Cobb’s last 4 starts: 28 innings (7 ip each start), 21 hits, 21 Ks, 3 walks, 1.93 ERA. This won’t last forever, but there’s no way Cobb is coming out of the rotation as long as he is working to a sub-2.00 ERA and a 7-to-1 K-to-walk ratio…BJ Upton. He looked horrible in his last at bat. But before that he crushed his 3rd home run in the last 3 games. And while he is not exactly “hot,” he does have a hit in 9 of his last 10 games…Desmond Jennings. Flash is starting to look like that guy that got called up last summer, with 11 hits and 3 walks in the last 6 games.

THE BAD: Another Injury. This time it was pitching prospect Alex Colome who left last night’s start with pain in his shoulder. Colome is one of the Rays top ten prospects, and was making just his 3rd start at triple-A after 14 starts in double-A with a 3.48 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 75 innings.

THE TELLING: Evan Longoria got the night off to rest his hamstring…Luke Scott is still a few days away from returning…The Rays have now won 7 in a row for the first time since 2010…The Rays are 63-52, have the 3rd best record in the AL, are 5 games behind the Yankees, lead the Wild Card, and are 1.5 games in front of the A’s, the 3rd place team in the Wild Card.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Your jaw-dropping video of the day is former Rays pitcher Randy Choate nearly getting killed by a baseball. [BI Sports]
  • Buster Olney of ESPN.com calls the Rays “Baseball’s Most Dangerous Team.” And if you are not an Insider, somebody may or may not have posted that article in the comments HERE. [ESPN Insider]
  • The national media is starting to notice how well the Rays are playing. Here’s the “Power Rankings” from the NYDailyNews. [NYDailyNews]
  • Fangraphs looks at the Rays new lineup with Ben Zobrist at SS and Evan Longoria back, and it’s actually pretty good. [Fangraphs]
  • And here’s another look at the Rays’ new lineup. [ESPN]

DOWN ON THE FARM

Toledo 7, DURHAM 5. Alex Colome worked 4.2 innings before being pulled with shoulder pain…Tim Beckham went 1-4 with a double and a walk as the leadoff hitter…1B Leslie Anderson went 2-4 with 2 singles…LF Chris Gimenez had a single, a walk, and 2 RBI.

MONTGOMERY. No game scheduled

CHARLOTTE. No game scheduled

BOWLING GREEN 0, West Michigan 4Ryan Carpenter gave up 2 runs in 6 innings. He struck out 2 and walked none…RF Drew Vettleson was 1-5 with an RBI and 1B Jeff Malm had a pair of doubles…DH Cameron Seitzer was 2-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI. He’s hitting .303.

HUDSON VALLEY. No game scheduled

PRINCETON. No game scheduled

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  1. Gus says:

    Nats may have done Peralta a favor; post-pine tar suspension he has been nails.

    Team "is what we thought they were" in April.

    When Molina steals a base, you know things are rolling your way.

    If Neiman is ready for starting, I'd skip Hellickson a few starts. He looks like he hit a wall 2-3 weeks ago when he got sick. Not terrible, but not his normal self. Could go 6-man at some point as well.

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  2. Sarah says:

    I hate when the national media takes note of the Rays. It always brings on the evil eye. Rays do best when operating under the radar.

    Go away national media! Nothing to see here....

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    • Hal says:

      Yes, please go away. It is astonishing that we haven't had the requisite "How come nobody supports this team?" story to lead Sportscenter yet. If we manage to get to 10, I'm sure we'll have some contraction stories or perhaps rumors that the Rays are moving to Mexico City or Halifax.

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      • Sarah says:

        Those stories inevitably follow any national attention to the Rays, and then come "the Trop is a dump" stories, and then will come a nationally televised game in which a ball hit off a catwalk will have a major impact on a game (which really NEVER happens, except the once a millenium when the Rays are on national TV), which leads to more "the Trop is a dump" stories.

        Really, I wish the Rays could carry on winning without anyone noticing until, like, September 20.

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  3. KT says:

    Wow at that Choate liner, phew! Hopefully Colome is OK, and I'm glad to see Mahtook playing solid. The big club is looking really good, and it's fun to watch again, fingers crossed that they can keep it up.

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  4. MJ says:

    When Scott comes back, where does he go? I think you have to find a way to get him in there while keeping the Joyce, Jennings, Upton OF daily.

    How long before Longo can play 3b? Is it possible he DHs the rest of the year?

    Anyone opposed to sitting Pena from time to time? I haven't analyzed the #s, but gut feeling is the improvement in offense from Pena to Scott outweighs the downgrade in the field at 1b.

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  5. Joe says:

    "He's gonna keep the ball and change his pants" lmao that's great

    Hey Maddon, I wish I could of made that bet also, they would catch Jennings but not Molina.

    Time to take yet another series. King Felix is pitching tomorrow against the only guy who I don't think has looked that good in this rotation: Jeremy Hellickson so let's take this series tonight Moore!

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