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

RAYS 8, Twins 5 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Juan Sandoval. I’m not sure if Sandoval has a legit shot of making the opening day roster. But at this rate, we will see him at some point this season. Another scoreless inning and now he has allowed just 1 run in 4.1 innings with 3 strikeouts and 1 walk. And he is hitting 95 on the gun…Defense. The Rays have committed 7 errors in 12 games, but none have been committed by a player that is expected to be on the opening day roster and 2 were by pitchers. On the downside, 4 of the 7 errors have been committed by Hak-Ju Lee (3) and Tim Beckham (1).

THE BAD: Matt Moore. Moore walked the leadoff hitters in both the first and second innings and was unable to finish his 3 scheduled innings of work being pulled with 2 outs in the 3rd. He allowed 2 runs and struck out 2…Jose Lobaton. After praising the team defense above, I should point out one worrisome aspect. After finishing the 2012 season with zero passed balls, Lobaton already has 2 in Spring Training, the only 2 committed by Rays catchers. He was also behind the plate for 1 of the 3 wild pitches.

THE TELLING: Luke Scott and Sam Fuld are both still out with hamstring issues…James Loney was back in the lineup after battling an allergy issue…Today is a scheduled off-day.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Joe Maddon says Luke Scott could return on Thursday but isn’t sure. Maddon also called Sam Fuld’s hamstring issue “precautionary.” [MLB.com]
  • Joe Maddon left yesterday’s game early because he is having a colonoscopy today. It doesn’t sound like an emergency so it is interesting that he waited until Spring Training started. Lucky for us I guess. This way the media is around to document it. [TampaBay.com]
  • Matt Moore says he is battling a mechanical flaw in his delivery. Jim Hickey sounds like he is not convinced and that the results just aren’t there yet for Moore. [TampaBay.com]
  • Roger Mooney takes a look at how Roberto Hernandez has evolved on the mound and how he must now adjust after hitters started figuring him out. [TBO.com]
  • Here are some quotes from Joe Maddon and Jim Hickey basically saying Jake McGee is a future closer, even if the Rays don’t use closers *wink wink*. [TampaBay.com]
  • The Nationals cut a pitcher before the spring game was even over. [BI Sports]
  • If you ever watch ESPN or go to ESPN.com, here are some interesting numbers. [BI Sports]
  • Will Josh Freeman get a new contract from the Bucs? [Joe Bucs Fan]

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2 Comments

  1. Don says:

    There isn’t a NFL team that has more Hamstring problems than the Rays, something isn’t right, I would start with their conditioning excercises or maybe lack of them? Outside might be necessary….somethings not right or getting out of spring training “practice” has one “best excuse” with the Rays?

  2. Alex says:

    Last time I checked, the Rays play BASEBALL Don. Not FOOTBALL.

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