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

Red Sox 7, RAYS 5 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Ben Zobrist. The Rays have about 36 bats on the team right now, but only one keeps consistently showing up. And that is Ben Zobrist. Last night it was 2 more hits and 4 runs knocked in. In the last 6 games, the Rays have 42 hits, and Zobrist has 10 of them. And the team has scored 22 runs. Zobrist has been directly involved in 11 (3 runs, 8 RBI).

THE BAD: Out of Gas. We kept waiting for the offense to show up and support the great pitching. Well, the pitching finally ran out of steam and now it no longer matters. In the last 8 games, the starting pitchers have worked past the 6th inning just 2 times, and 4 times they couldn’t even finish 5 innings. Their ERA over that span is 4.73 and they have a pedestrian 2:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. And oh by the way, the Rays are 1-7 in those games.

THE TELLING: At 4:09, this was the second-longest 9-inning game in Rays history…The Rays are now 78-70, 6 games behind the Orioles, 3 games behind the Angels, and yes, a half-game behind the Tigers. At this point, there is a legitimate concern that the Rays won’t even finish with a winning record.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Joe Maddon: “…we need take it upon ourselves and will it to happen, make it happen instead of just expecting it to happen.” [TampaBay.com]
  • Gary Shelton calls this season “the most disappointing” and “the most frustrating” Rays season yet. And it is hard to argue against that. [TampaBay.com]
  • Martin Fennelly says the Rays “rolled over” and that the season is now done. [TBO.com]
  • Jeremy Trueblood has been benched? [JoeBucsFan]
  • The Rays got “The Onion” treatment from an Onion knockoff. [etruesports.com]

Matt Joyce’s reaction to this flyball perfectly sums up the 2012 Rays offense….

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8 Comments

  1. don says:

    I used ot say Zobrist MVP, I’v changed to Zobrist as the ONLY player on this team (except Kepp and Rays had nothing to do with his success exp signing him to a 1 year deal, now kiss him goodbye) Sorry Zobrist your all alone…..

  2. s says:

    thank you front office, this one fall directly in your lap.

    we made no moves at the trade deadline. we felt as though our offense was gonna just show up after july. yet here we are, trying to stay above .500 with one of the best total pitching staffs in recent memory. with all the quality innings these guys put in, it’s a freaking joke that we aren’t even going to make the expanded wildcard.

    how long does it take to realize that pitching will only get us so far? i love that joe and the front office will never admit this, but it’s a fact. the egos in our front office and manager, and there failure to make moves(hitting coach, trades) was and will be the restrictions that will continue to make this team “this close”.

    i chuckle when they claim they overspent and went all in. nothing could be farther from the truth. there’s no gamble or risk with this ball team, it’s all calculated and predictable. what a waste.

    • Rob says:

      More so than the lack of free agent moves, I think their biggest weakness is in their drafting of hitters. After Longoria, nobody in recent years has panned out (Jennings is still TBD in my opinion).

      • s says:

        with the recent comments, i truly hope the 3b from clemson kills the ball.

        the FO puts 100% of it’s eggs in the pitching baskets and then grabbed a bunch of washed up FA’s, it’s the Rays way.

    • Dave L says:

      the only way we could have gotten better late season, the only thing we had to offer was Shields and Upton, who have been producing in August and September, so whoever we would have added would have been a wash at best for 2012.

      Who else could we have traded? Pena and Scott? For a rosin bag and a bucket of pine tar?

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