6-13-2013 8-22-57 PMThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

Royals 10, RAYS 1 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: David Price. The more you hear Joe Maddon talk about Price, it is beginning to sound like Price will be back sooner, rather than later. He was originally scheduled for three rehab starts. But now I would be surprised if he made more than one…Jake Odorizzi. It wasn’t pretty, but he did his job, working 3.1 innings and giving the rest of the bullpen the night off. And with Odorizzi back in Durham today, Joe Maddon will have a fully-rested group of relievers for tonight. And with Matt Moore on the mound, he’s gonna need it…Tribute. I haven’t seen it yet, but heard the Rays put together a nice video tribute for James Shields. A nice gesture indeed.

THE BAD: Starting Pitching. Another Jeremy Hellickson start and another implosion. You can’t give up 8 runs in an inning. And you definitely can’t give up a 3-run home runs to Elliot Johnson. It just can’t happen. And now the Rays have allowed at least 10 runs in a game for the SEVENTH time this season. They did that 8 times in 2011 and 2012 COMBINED. And the starters have given up 5 or more runs 19 times this season. That is the most in the AL…Elliot Johnson. Where was this fire when EJ was playing for the Rays? And the Royals are probably wondering where this fire is when they are playing other teams. Johnson is 6-11 with 2 HR against the Rays this season. He is hitting just .202 with no home runs against everybody else.

THE TELLING: Kelly Johnson started at third base for the first time in his career…Jake Odorizzi was sent back to Durham after the game and Alex Cobb was reinstated from the bereavement list…James Shields will not pitch in this series…The Rays will have a second Joe Maddon Gnome giveaway (Aug. 3)…The Rays are 35-31, 5 games behind the Red Sox and 2 games behind the Yankees, who are in third place.


  • Wil Myers talks about having to wait for his chance. [TampaBay.com]
  • Rays head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield has been chosen to be the trainer for the AL All-Star team in his first year of eligibility (10 years service is required). [TBO.com]
  • Here are the walk-up songs for all Rays players. [Designated Hits]
  • It’s chart time at WDBB. Always worth a look. [WDBB]
  • Why did the Bears give the Bucs one of their recent first round picks so easily? [JoeBucsFan]


DURHAM 10, Indy 7. Alex Colome started but worked just 2.2 innings, striking out 2 and giving up a home run…Vince Belnome went 2-5 with a double and is now hitting .338…Wil Myers was 1-5 with 2 strikeouts. His 69 Ks are 3rd in the IL…Brandon Guyer stole 2 bases and now has 12 steals.

Jacksonville 8, MONTGOMERY 2. Mikie Mahtook went 1-4 and is hitting .245.

CHARLOTTE 6, Tampa 4. (game 1) Drew Vettleson went 2-2 with 2 walks…Jeff Malm hit his 6th home run.

Tampa 2, CHARLOTTE 1. (game 2) Taylor Motter stole his 17th base…Richie Shaffer had a double in 3 at bats.

BOWLING GREEN 7, Dayton 3Justin O’Conner’s streak of 3 straight games with a home run came to an end as he went 1-4 with a walk.





  1. Michael says:

    The video section of raysbaseball.com has the Shields tribute video. It's less than a minute but still very cool. Not sure if this link will work or not:


  2. Mr.Smith 1980 says:

    Hellickson imploded to say the least, but to say he pitched poorly is a bit misleading. He had a no hitter through 3 and was doing a fine job of controlling the game through 5. Of course, you can't just explain away the million run 6th, but until that moment he was cruising.

    • Ken says:

      Hellickson is beginning to show a pretty consistent pattern. He'll get get nicked for a run or two in the first, pitch fairly well innings 2-5, then all hell breaks loose in the 6th or 7th. The Rays are 4-6 in games where he hits 100 pitches and he is 2-2. He's getting 5.96 run support a game and in 8 of his 14 starts the Rays have scored 7 or more runs.
      He is a 5 inning pitcher. The Rays need to have some one warming up when he gets into the 6th and pull him at the first sign of trouble.

      • Mr.Smith 1980 says:

        I agree with you (and the numbers), I'm just saying he didn't pitch poorly overall.

        Here's something interesting though; the third time through the lineup (which would presumably be in the 5-7th innings) his BAA is lower than both the 1st and 2nd time through. But...

        Pitches 51-75 yield BA and OBP of .329 and .386

        However he can supposedly "right the ship" with pitches 76-100 because BA and OBP against drop back to .257 and .317

        But before any of that happens:

        The numbers support that he gets nicked for a few runs early before settling-in because pitches 1-25 he gets raked for .321 and .341 then pitches 26-50 have an amazing BA and OBP against of: .163 and .191

        • JJ says:

          Great comments by both you and Ken. My question is how does he get past that 51-75 bump?

          • Sarah says:

            Send out a different pitcher disguised as Hellickson while the real Jeremy throws a simulated inning in the bullpen?

  3. Gus says:

    This start was almost identical to his start in KC, where he also had a 6th inning implosion. Coaches need to have a quicker hook there.

    He is also a guy who is nails out of the wind-up, but struggles out of the stretch this year. Neiman was like that (probably still). Hernandez shows some signs of weakness in the stretch as well.

    Of course, Elliot Johnson was in the middle of it all. Somebody needs to get him off the plate. His act was tired in TB and I can't stand his act now. But have to give him credit for being a thorn in the Rays side (and useless otherwise) this year.

    • Sarah says:

      I sometimes wonder whether pitchers who struggle out of the stretch should just stick with the windup. Rays don't ever throw out base runners anyway, so why not concede the steal in order to clamp down on the extra base hits?

      • Mr.Smith 1980 says:

        Or if the problem is perpetual they could just develop a move to first out of the windup (a "I know I can't get you, but I'm gonna keep you honest" move).


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