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

Royals 9, RAYS 8 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Matt Joyce. With another home run last night, Joyce now has 7 hits in his last 5 games with 4 home runs. Joyce is on fire…Luke Scott. Last night is a sign of what the Rays offense can be if Luke Scott stays off the DL. He had 3 hits, including a home run, and added a walk….Evan Longoria. Three more hits for Longo who now has 10 hits in his last 5 games, raising his average from .266 to .307.

THE BAD: Losing Leads. The Rays have held the lead in 22 of their 27 games. They are just 12-10 in those games. Last night, the Rays had a Win Expectancy of about 90% early in the 5th inning. That is a hard one to lose…Jake McGee.  Last night, McGee threw 26 pitches and 25 of those were fastballs. And they were good fastballs with a handful of them reaching 97-98 mph. But big league hitters can hit a good fastball if they know it is coming and if they see it enough times. The result was that McGee faced 8 batters, gave up 5 hits, and walked one. And of the 2 outs he recorded, one was on a bunt attempt. Ultimately, 5 of those runners scored and the Rays went from leading 6-4 to trailing 9-6. If McGee isn’t going to throw his other pitches, he needs to be kept out of high-leverage situations.

THE TELLING: This was the first time since August, 2010 that the Rays scored at least 8 runs and lost.  They did it three times that season…It sounds like today’s game is unlikely to be played based on the weather forecast…The Rays are now 12-15, 7 games behind the Red Sox…

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Tom Hallion, David Price, Jeremy Hellickson, and Matt Moore have been fined by Major League Baseball for their back-and-forth comments on Sunday. [Marc Topkin]
  • The highest-paid player at every position in MLB. Carl Crawford makes an appearance. [BI Sports]
  • More on Matt Moore’s historic month of April. [MLB.com]

DOWN ON THE FARM

DURHAM. no game scheduled

MONTGOMERY 2, Pensacola 1. Jake Thompson tossed 6 shutout innings. He struck out 3 and walked 4…Mikie Mahtook was 1-4 with an RBI.

Lakeland @ CHARLOTTE. game cancelled  due to rain

Kane County 5, BOWLING GREEN 4. 2B Thomas Coyle went 0-3 ending a stretch in which he had 13 hits in 6 games.

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  1. Drew says:

    I think you should revise "If McGee isn’t going to throw his other pitches, he needs to be kept out of high-leverage situations."

    to:

    "If McGee isn’t going to throw his other pitches, he needs to be traded."

    This is perplexing to me. Hickey and Maddon are smart guys. They have to be telling him to mix his pitches, right? That's PITCHING. He had 4-5 pitches coming up in the minors. Work on them.

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    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      Yeah, McGee just doesn't seem like he's even picking up on the fact that pumping in heater after heater isn't working... fool me once I say you are having a rough start to the year, fool me twice I think you might be unlucky, fool me 7 times and it's time for you to get a clue that whatever it is you're doing isn't working... same thing applies to Fau-berto Car-nendez.

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    • Lane Meyer says:

      WIthin 2 batters you can see if McGee has it that night. If either of the first 2 batters gets to 2nd base, get him the hell out of there.

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  2. Tone says:

    Pretty demoralizing for us fans; hopefully the players can shrug this off and put things together. Personally, I think we are in store for a .500-ish season. Very very disappointing.

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  3. Don Jr. says:

    Dad! Luke Scott was 3-3 last night and Jeff Keppinger was 0-4 with TWO strikeouts! Does that mean Scott is better at baseball??

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    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      No. Luke Scott's career numbers show that he's better at baseball.

      How ironic that the king of using microcosmic evidence to try to prove foolish points suddenly tries to dismiss the same sort of argument. Pure comedy.

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      • KT says:

        You obviously don't get the joke.

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        • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

          I get the joke, but you apparently haven't been following the rants of Donnie Doom who daily tries to say that the Rays should have kept Keppinger and ditched Scott...

          so "obviously" I get it.

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          • KT says:

            No, you don't. Look at the name, Don JR. It's a troll trolling a troll.

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          • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

            Ah, see, I was under the impression that Don Jr. was Donnie Doom's alter-ego... my sincerest apologies Don Jr. an KT

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    • Don says:

      Luke Sott Lost.. andElliot Johnson powered his new team to 1 st, place, Does that mean Rays will be trying to stay out of last place without their old players....Luke Scott Doesn't help... take it from your wise old man....instad of what you read...your learningthough

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      • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

        Yes, Elliot Johnson is a much better player than Luke Scott (*sarcasm*)...
        if you want the rest of the Rays-iverse to take you seriously at any point in the future you really need to stop and think about the ridiculous nature of the fodder you write.

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      • KT says:

        Who's Luke Sott, Bud Man?

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  4. Gus says:

    The losses the last two nights may be amongst the most painful since 2007. No ability to stop a rally -- Escobar's boot was the tipping point, but the pitching was idiotic as well.

    Sometimes though, baseball is a funny game. The Royals seemed to have a bunch of base hits over both nights where they "golfed" the ball into the OF -- great pitches down in the zone that they were fooled on, but scratched out hits anyway. That was frustrating.

    Regroup for Colorado if KC game postponed. If they don't skip Hernandez's start for Moore and Price, I may have to be committed.

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  5. CC says:

    Joma has to do a better job with the bullpen. This loss is on him again. Said it before and Ill say it again. He needs to be coaching as if its a playoff game. It was obvious to me again to see Magee was not going to get the job done. Why wait till its to late to pull him out. If he needs to work on pitches or delivery. Do it in the Durham.

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  6. OriginalTom says:

    In defense of McGee, If Escobar does not make that error (I know it was changed to a hit later but it should have stayed an error) he gets out of the inning only allowing 1 run. Also, it is not like KC was hitting the ball hard, the hardest hit ball was the one by Butler. He broke Gordon's bat, Escobar hit a grounder that snuck between Zo and Loney, Hosmer's hit should have been an error, and Cain hit a pop fly that was perfectly placed.

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  7. Alex says:

    This is just like the Texas series. A ridiculous number of balls that are barely getting struck are dropping in one after the other. Then one big hit or error kills us

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