5-8-2013 8-16-01 PMThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

RAYS 10, Jays 4 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Hope. The Rays have scored 152 runs and allowed 148. That translates to an expected win-loss record of 17-16. That sounds a lot better than the Rays actual record of 15-18. In other words, this team has not been great, but they may also be a little unlucky. However, there are reasons why a team’s actual record might not match their expected record. One big reason is a team’s bullpen. If a team has great bullpen, they will win more close games than might be expected, and they will play better than their expected record. Likewise, if a team’s bullpen sucks, they will lose more close games than an average team, and they will play worse than their expected record. Sound familiar? Still, as long as the Rays keep outscoring opponents, the ship should get righted. But they also need to stabilize the bullpen. It doesn’t need to be great, but it needs to stop sucking…James Loney. Loney, who is now getting starts against lefties, now has enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting lead. And his .385 average is tops in the AL. Only Carlos Gomez of the Brewers (.386) is doing better…Bullpen. First of all, golf clap for not blowing an 8-run lead. But more importantly, a tip of the cap to Jamey Wright and Cesar Ramos for eating some innings. The rest of the pen needed a night off to rest their arms and clear their heads. And even though Matt Moore worked just 5 innings, Wright and Ramos worked 4 workmanlike innings…Top O’ The Order. The first 5 batters in the lineup went a combined 10-19 with 3 doubles and 2 home runs.

THE BAD: Human Element. Bad calls happen to all teams. But man, the Rays are in a bad stretch right now.  The latest was a ball that was ruled to have hit a batters leg (and thus called foul) when it wasn’t even close (see image above).

THE TELLING: Joe Maddon was ejected for the second straight game. His 3 ejections lead all MLB. John Gibbons (2) is the only other player or manager with more than one…Joe Maddon now has 600 career wins, even though he wasn’t around for most of #600…Two former prospects have been promoted to the majors. Robinson Chirinos has been promoted by the Rangers and Derek Dietrich (traded for Yunel Escobar) has been promoted by the Marlins…The Rays are now 8-4 versus left-handed starting pitchers…


  • Sometimes it feels like it, but the Rays aren’t the only team getting screwed by the umps. In fact, nothing has happened to the Rays as bad as what happened to the A’s last night. [BI Sports]
  • J.A. Happ was released from the hospital and amazingly, his only injury was a sprained knee, which is very confusing. [TBO.com]
  • Joe Maddon says he will keep using Jake McGee in important situations. [TampaBay.com]
  • Oh boy, the Durham Bulls had an eyeball race. [Twitter]
  • If you haven’t seen the Matt Kemp video yet, here it is. [BI Sports]
  • Ronde Barber has announced his retirement. [JoeBucsFan]


Syracuse 5, DURHAM 3. Alex Colome struck out 10 and walked just 1 in 5.2 innings. He gave up 6 hits and 4 runs (3 earned)…Wil Myers was 1-3 with a walk…Leslie Anderson went 1-4.

MONTGOMERY 8, Mississippi 4. Mikie Mahtook was 1-3 with a walk and stole his 8th base,

CHARLOTTE 7, Brevard County 6. Felipe Rivero struck out 7 in 4.1 innings, but gave up 2 home runs and 4 runs…Richie Shaffer hit his 4th home run of the season.

West Michigan 2, BOWLING GREEN 0. Blake Snell struck out 10 in 6 innings. He allowed 3 hits, no walks and 2 runs. His ERA is now 2.81 with 34 strikeouts in 25.2 innings.





  1. Don says:

    They're holding any recognition for Maddon winning 600, till they can determine if he had any input into the decisions that won games after he was kicked out (for some stupid Stuff) OR IF he was just drinking wine in his office watching "Dancing with the Stars" as reported by clubhouse personnel....

    • Bill says:

      I'm certain I will regret trying to point out absurdity in your attempt at humor, but managers are not allowed to have input into decisions after they are ejected. So I hope he did enjoy some wine and watch some good TV. Or perhaps he was trolling blogs for good ideas on how to better manage and found some of your posts. That would be brilliant use of time and resources and ought to get him extra credit for subsequent wins. Don't you think ?

    • KT says:

      This, just one day after you claim that Maddon was responsible for the usage of the pitchers that happened after he was ejected. Now you say he's not responsible for what happens after he's ejected because he's goofing off. Which is it? You eat a lot of your own cake don't you Budman?

  2. Bill says:

    You might want to think twice about TBO.com as a source. They're reporting in the link J.A. Happ's only injury was a knee strain. Really ? Even though it turns out that they are not dangerous or life threatening, a skull fracture and laceration requiring stitches do still qualify as injuries, I believe.



    whats your thought on Taylor Guerri & Blake Snell so far this season? Nothing jumps out on TG, while Blakes strikeout total is impressive. Any thoughts?( i know its early)

  4. Nathan says:

    I'm more concerned with how bad the calls are getting by the umpires. These aren't bang-bang plays that you have to deal with over the course of a season. Umpires appear to be out of position to make the proper call or, as in last night, feel the need to be perfect and make up a call that wasn't there. That clearly is the home umpire's call and after the play is over he can ask for help. As difficult as it is to watch our bullpen, the umpires are running a close second.

  5. S says:

    the A's and the Ray's, funny how we are talking about bad calls against them.

    what two teams were on the list to be "vaporized"? hmmmmm?!?!?

    when was the last time you saw the Yankees or the Red Sox on the front page of Yahoo on the wrong end of a bad call?

  6. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    That win was therapeutic to me as a fan, and hopefully equally therapeutic to the players.

    Wright has been a pleasant surprise, to say the least, and I have to admit I was wrong about Kelly Johnson. Before the season ever started I had written him off as wasted roster space, but I've prepared myself a nice crow dinner. That's the sort of thing I like to be wrong about.

  7. Gus says:

    Pricee picking afight withthe umpire's union was not a good idea, and Maddon embarassing the home plate umps two nights in a row is not a good idea. He'll never say it, but Maddon's vitrol is related to his perception that this is blowback from 3/5ths of his pitching staff twitter-bombing an umpire and demanding aplogies (Hah!). His comments last night (audible on the telecast and replayed on MLB and Sportscenter: "You knew it didn't hit him" is about as direct a conspiracy claim as you can have. Not "you missed it". But you knew it and called it the other way. That is severe. Accusing an umpire of intentionally making a bad call.

    Don't expect the get the benefit of the umpires for quite some time. The Rays have kicked the beehive.

    • Cork Gaines says:

      Well, it is quite possible that Maddon is worried that there is a vendetta. In fact, you are probably right on with that one even if he doesnt admit it. But in the case of last night's call, Maddon meant something else.

      If you watch the replay, the home plate umpire does not call it a foul ball and acts like it is a fair ball. It is the first base umpire that throws his hands up saying it went off the leg. I think (and I could be wrong) that Maddon was angry that the home plate umpire let the first base umpire overrule him. So then the home plate umpire is going to say he saw it also, when Maddon knows the home plate umpire thought it was a fair ball.

      • Gus says:

        I hope your explanantion is correct, because the last thing the Rays need is more trouble with blue.

        ESPN's umpire expert (Jim McKean, who is a St. Pete guy and was at the game) said on Baseball Tonight something else -- that the home plate umpire made the call when it is actually the 3b umpire's call with a lefty at the plate. Your explanation makes slightly more sense to me. In any event, once the ball was called dead, Loney didn't even tag the base, so nothing for the umps to even overturn I don't think.

        Maddon should have waited until the at bat was over to argue/get tossed. The batter was retired. No need to abandon your team (especially one struggling in the late innings) over that.

        • Ken says:

          Interesting point by McKean. No way the 1B ump could even see that play, it was definitely the 3B umps call. Why wasn't he asked? Simply because the crew chief has had a contentious history with the Rays and wasn't in the mood to be overturned, plus the 3B ump made the crap call at the plate the night before. The ump vendetta against the Rays is very real and didn't start with DP and Hallion last week. It's been going on for a few years now.
          One last point: if you watch the replay Loney did in fact touch first base with ball in glove and was waved off.

      • CC says:

        Cork, you are 100% correct.

      • OriginalTom says:

        Maddon pretty much gave your exact explanation for his anger in his post game press conference.

        • Gus says:

          Thanks -- I read Topkin's story and see what he was saying, and I see what McKean was saying. Basically an overreach from the 1B umpire --not his call; but why Maddon went at the home plate umpire is curious. He couldn't give the Rays the out -- Loney never finished the play. I think Maddon knows he's getting hosed (it happened before Price went off on Twitter too) and its getting to him. Blowing leads will do that to you.

          Of course, calling out the crew chief out in the presser as he rotates to home plate tonight doesn't make me optimistic about the size of Price's strike zone. Price takes the mound with two targets on his back -- his and Maddon's. Better score . . . .

    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      I agree, although umps have what is comparable to a hippocratic oath in that, to whatever extent possible, they must remain completely objective... problem is that humans can't be completely objective in matters like this, so more subjective b.s. is still to come.

      BTW, Price didn't pick the fight- he fought back.

      • Gus says:

        Price could have said "no comment". Instead he complained that the umpire used a dirty word and that he was disrespected and then piled on via Twitter (knowing umpires don't have that vehicle). I love DP. But that was bad form and counterproductive to his future earning potential (he got squeezed a little in Colorado; look for it again tonight). Fair or not -- a bad reputation with blue is hard to shake.

  8. CC says:

    I missed the beginning of last nights game. Can somebody tell me why Joyce was not in right field?

  9. Ken says:

    News flash: I have a buddy who works under the stands (all I'll say cause he'll get fired if further identified) and he just tweeted me this quote from crew chief Welke "watch me tighten that fuckers jock strap tonight" to another ump. WTF.

    • Mr.Smith 1980 says:

      That's not good- at all. Price is gonna have to pay the... Price- for his reaction I guess. Hopefully by his next start it'll start to be water under the bridge.


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