5-14-2013 7-18-32 PMThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

RAYS 5, Red Sox 3 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Matt Moore. Moore is the first 7-game winner in the AL and the only 7-0 pitcher in baseball. He struggled in the first inning, needing 30 pitches to get through the inning that included a David Ortiz home run. But after that big blast, he retired 12 straight and only allowed one more hit all night…Catching Breaks. Luke Scott tried to check his swing and instead hit an RBI-double. Later in the 4th inning, Matt Joyce hit an infield pop-up that may have hit something, landed near first base, rolled back towards home, and stayed fair for an 80-foot 2-run single…Bullpen. Outside of Jake McGee, the bullpen is finally dealing. The group has not allowed an earned run in their last 16.2 innings. Fernando Rodney picked up his 7th save by striking out the side in the 9th. And in his last 4 appearances he has 9 strikeouts and allowed just 1 hit…Jose Molina. Big fella is good for one of these games about twice a year. He was hitless in his 22 previous at bats entering the game, but collected 3 hits last night and drove in a pair of runs.

THE BAD: David Ortiz. Just retire already. His first inning home run was his 27th career home run at The Trop. That is the most ever for a visiting player. And quite frankly I’m sick of seeing it happen…Another Blown Call. [see the GIF below] It didn’t impact the game, but how in the world did the umpire miss that? Seriously, I have no idea.

THE TELLING: Desmond Jennings played his first game since Thursday…The Rays have now picked up 5.5 games on the Red Sox in the last 14 days and are just 1.5 games out of third place. The Rays still trail the Yankees by 4.5 games…According to CoolStandings.com, the Rays now have a 42.7% chance of making the playoffs…David Price has been suffering from allergy issues that have affected his vision…The Rays re-signed reliever Cory Wade, who pitched well with Durham in 2011. He has been assigned to triple-A.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • The Rays’ uniform did not do well in this popularity contest. [ESPN]
  • It’s our old friend Jenny Dell and Dickie V. [Instagram]
  • Jenny Dell also spoke with Jonny Gomes about his return to The Trop. [NESN]
  • Eric Karabell believes Loney will hit just .250 over the course of the rest of the season. [ESPN]
  • And here is David Schoenfield comparing James Loney to Eric Hosmer. [ESPN]
  • Joe Maddon calls James Loney’s passiveness “an outstanding strength” and that he is just “very misconstrued.” [Boston Herald]
  • Scott Kazmir looked really good in his last start. [CBSSports]
  • Apparently NESN has a “Kettle One Moment” and Evan Longoria earned it with his Player of the Week award. [NESN]
  • ESPN’s “SportsCenter” will soon look very different. [BI Sports]
  • Doubting the Bucs. [JoeBucsFan]

DOWN ON THE FARM

DURHAM 7, Rochester 4. Leslie Anderson hit his 6th home run…Wil Myers was 1-5 with a pair of strikeouts. He is hitting .261 with 4 home runs and 47 strikeouts in 35 games…Shelley Duncan went 2-4 with a double.

Birmingham 5, MONTGOMERY 2. Mikie Mahtook had a double and a walk in 4 plate appearances. He’s hitting .240.

CHARLOTTE 4, Daytona 2. Felipe rivero struck out 7, walked 1, and gave up 2 runs in 7 innings…Drew Vettleson went 2-4, raising his average to .248…Richie Shaffer had 3 hits including a double and a stolen base, his 2nd.

BOWLING GREEN 3, Fort Wayne 2. Reinaldo Lopez struck out 2 and allowed just 2 hits and no walks in 5 shutout innings. His ERA is now 0.65 in 27.2 innings…Andrew Toles stole 2 more bases and now has 20 on the season.

Run Big Fella, RUN!

What exactly was the umpire looking at when he ruled this was a catch?

Jonny Gomes really wants his helmet on tight…

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32 Comments

  1. phil says:

    Any concern on Will Meyers? Not exactly tearing it up in AAA

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    • Bill says:

      I've been his biggest fan and I'm concerned. High K rate, and multi-hit nights non-existent.

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    • Ken says:

      Not yet Phil. He's approaching his first full season at AAA. Combine his stats from last year and so far this year and they are respectable. K's still too high, hopefully will be corrected. Also I think the IL has tougher ballparks than the PCL and has had a lot of crappy weather in the northern cities so far.
      Looks like an after All Star call up to me.

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    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      Here's my take:

      #2 prospect in all the land gets shipped off to a new franchise, has a ton to prove/live-up-to, and starts to press at the plate- swings for the fences to prove he's got the power that's been advertised. Strikes-out a ton as a result of his now hole-filled, HR swing.

      Furthermore, #2 prospect in all the land knows he's marked to join The Show in the near future and subconsciously can't buy-in to the minor league routine because his singular focus is on making it up with the big boys next month.

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    • Chris D says:

      As a Bulls fan, Meyers is frustrating to watch. He plays an "ok" right field, although he crashed into our CFer a few games back on a bad play. He swings for the fences and yet when he does make contact, hits singles. He also has an attitude at the plate. As WDDB pointed out, his bat flip on walks, strikeouts, etc. is getting tiresome.

      Still, not time to call him a bust, but he's not even living up to Matt Diaz yet let alone a #2 prospect.

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  2. Bill says:

    Eric Karabell, of NESN, "wishes" James Loney will hit just .250 over the course of the rest of the season. That said, assuming that accounts for another 400 ABs, that would put him in the high .280s for the season. If he keeps producing runs while doing that, I'll take it.

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    • Dave L says:

      I am not an 'insider' so i didn't get to read the fanatasy guys take on Loney. But based on what you wrote, it sounds like he is just assuming Loney will regress to his mean career average of .286. Its not an unreasonable assumption for a neutral observer to make, but one we Rays fans hope isn't true.

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  3. J 2.0 says:

    It's early in the year to begin this kind of talk, but we all know Price will likely be traded at the end of the year. The campaign of Price for Goldschmidt needs to begin. He is signed to a team friendly deal until 2019, and is succeeding at the big league level. That is the kind of reward Price should net us. We might have to throw in a Richie Shaffer to get the deal done, but that is what I am hoping for.

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    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      How about Price + 2 high-level prospects for Profar,1 big-league bully arm, and a mid-level catching prospect?

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    • Geoff Peterson says:

      I think you're both undervaluing Price. Even with his current struggles, he's still a young, top of the rotation lefty who already has a CY award. He should bring Profar + 1 or more prospects on his own.

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      • J 2.0 says:

        Goldschmidt is going to hit 35-40 HR's this year barring an injury. He can run, not too sure about his fielding, but he is succeeding in the major leagues. Profar is not. Goldschmidt would be a bonafide big league star that is under contract for the next 6 years. Exactly the type of player we should get for Price. And maybe another prospect. Didi Gregorius?

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        • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

          You're talking about trading an ace for a 1st baseman... kinda outside the box.

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          • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

            ...and the Rays' current 1st baseman is outplaying the one you are suggesting.

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          • J 2.0 says:

            What's the difference in trading an ace for a bonafide all-star 1B or trading an ace for a SS minor league prospect that hasn't proven anything?

            The bonafide all-star 1B is juice that is worth the squeeze.

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          • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

            What's the difference? The number 1 prospect on earth at the most important position in the infield vs. a 1B who has been having a pretty good start to the season.

            Goldschmidt .310 .402 .577
            Loney .381.431.566

            And the Rays can resign Loney for less, and still send Price out for a better prospect.

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          • J 2.0 says:

            Profar has proven nothing. Delmon Young was a #1 overall prospect. Goldschmidt is only 25 Loney is 29. Goldschmidt has 10 HR's 31RBI's Loney has 3 HR's 20 RBI's. Goldschmidt has potential and upside Loney is having a fluke year and is likely heading back down to Earth. Would you have signed Kotchman long term? That would look pretty dumb now.

            I can understand wanting a SS like Profar, but let's say he pans out and kills it. Boom arbitration. Goldschmidt is locked in to a very friendly deal through 2018 with a very expensive option for 2019. Either way Profar would be good, Goldschmidt would be great, but you don't even consider thinking Loney is better than Goldschmidt. That is ludicrous.

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        • Drew says:

          You are assuming the Rays front office values an up and coming first baseman as much as (or close to) an ace pitcher who just won the Cy Young. That assumption could not be more wrong. I don't think there are more than a couple GM's in baseball who would make that trade (even with other lesser players/prospects included), let alone Friedman.

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    • Dave L says:

      At the rate he is going, we can probably afford another year of arbitration.

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      • J 2.0 says:

        That would be awesome. I wish he would take a team friendly 4 year 60 mil or something with backend $$$ where we could get 3 years and then trade him.

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  4. s says:

    i'm so sick of f-ing ESPN. more proof at the lies they create just to somehow "write" a story.

    they don't give Loney credit, and make up complete BS about his success. "The Rays are smartly platooning him". really? he's played in 38 games (1st-tied) and has 115 AB(4th-tied).

    More ESPN horseshit!!!!!!!

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    • Drew says:

      He has played in the same # of games as Longo (38) but against lefties, has only played 14 games to Longo's 21. He has only 23 AB's against lefties to Longo's 43. That is by design; they ARE platooning him (to an extent). He IS hitting very well in those 23 AB's...maybe they should let him face lefties a little more.

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      • s says:

        30% of evan's at bats came vs LH
        20% of jame's at bats came vs LH

        sure he's been sat a game or two vs LH pitching, but to call it platooning is a huge stretch.

        "He has played in the same # of games as Longo (38) but against lefties, has only played 14 games to Longo’s 21" huh? they both have played in 38 games out of 38 games. loney's AB are less due mostly to his position in the batting order.

        how many games did he start this year?

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        • Dave L says:

          You guys are both partially right. Here are the facts. Look at the game logs.

          Loney was platooned early in the season the last being consecutive games against Sale and Pettite. on April 21 and 22. Since then they have let him face everybody except the Rockies lefty on May 3.

          Earlier even in games he didnt start he got ininserted late in the game when the dominant lefty has gone.

          Expect him to continue starting against most everybody as long as his splits stay up

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        • Drew says:

          correction: "Loney has only faced lefties in 14 of those 38 games, as opposed to Longo's 21 of 38"

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  5. Gus says:

    Rays got some breaks, but Red Sox first inning was likely extended by a possible dp ball that hit the bag and hopped over the head of Longo and turned into a double. Nice bounce back by Moore in the game and by the bullpen generally. Plaintains all day, every day if Rodney and Peralta pitch like that.

    The 2012 season of no-offense without Longo and with a wounded Longo seems like a long way away. In past years, down 3-0, game over. Not so with this offense. Lots of 5-run plus innings this year. Freakish almost. But lots of hits throughout the game. And if you get hits out of SS and C, it is proof that the Magic Plaintains have offensive powers as well.

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    • J 2.0 says:

      I like the optimism about the offense, but they score 5,7 runs in an inning and then disappear the rest of the game. We aren't going to do that every game. If we score 5-7 runs in an inning in a game, we better have 9-11 runs at the end.

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      • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

        Illogical to think that the pitching staff will continue to squander the aforementioned 5-7 run lead. The hitting will slip, but with this staff firing on all cylinders 4 runs is all they'll need (which is fortuitous considering that the current offensive assault is unsustainable).

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  6. Miguel Grande says:

    In the Hangover on Sunday, we read that Yunel Escobar, was dogging it when he prematurely broke out his home run trot on that RBI double into the gap. The outfielder's demeanor probably led him to believe the ball was leaving the park and then he had to shift it into high gear.

    In today's Hangover, I expected to see a similar comment disparaging Matt Joyce dogging it on that routine pop up that dropped for a 2 RBI single. Matt's not running it out let Predroia allow the ball to roll towards the foul line. Why pick it up? The runner from 2nd had already scored and Joyce was standing on first. I'm surprised Dustin didn't get down on his hands and knees and blow the ball into foul territory. If Matt had run it out, he would have had at least a double. Is there a double standard, here at Raysindex?

    How about Molina? Does he get a pass on not hustling or sliding? Does the Dirtbag get into a shoving match with him in the dugout when he half asses it down to 1st on a grounder?

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    • Cork Gaines says:

      "Is there a double standard, here at Raysindex?"

      No.

      1) I've criticized Molina for half-assing; 2) The other two things are nothing alike. Not even close.

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  7. Miguel Grande says:

    In the clip above, I noticed that the Molina double was speeded up to look like he was actually running full speed.

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