7-2-2013 7-25-34 PMThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

RAYS 8, Astros (boxscore)

PROGRAMMING NOTES: As you may have noticed, we have made some changes to the top of the screen. Several items, such as the Organizational Depth Chart, have been moved up there for easier access. Also, we have added a new look at the 40-man roster that includes new details, such as how each player was acquired, what year that player can become a free agent, and links to each player’s stats page…Also, I will be off the grid most of today and tomorrow. So unless something big happens, there probably won’t be any updates until Friday. Have a good Fourth everybody, and GO RAYS!

THE GOOD: David Price. Was awesome. It was as good as Price has looked all year. Of course, let’s be careful reading too much into this start. It was a good move to bring Price back against the Astros. That was basically Price’s third rehab start as that was a triple-A lineup. Still, he looked solid and it was very encouraging…All Cylinders. The Rays have now outscored their opponents 26-1 in the last 33 innings.

THE BAD: The Astros. That the Astros have won 30 games is impressive considering their roster. Their highest-paid player makes $3 million. The Rays have 7 players that make at least that much.

THE TELLING: Evan Longoria was back in the lineup as the DH…As we mentioned back in the Spring the Rays will wear their 1970′s faux throwback uniforms on Saturday for Turn Back the Clock night. And there will be a very popular Evan Longoria bobblehead giveaway that night also…The Rays are now 45-39, 5.5 games behind the Red Sox in the East.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Here are the details for the Rays annual fashion show charity event which will be next week. [Rays on the Runway]
  • As we mentioned in yesterday’s Tailgating post, Rick Porcello has been suspended and the Rays have signed Ryne Stanek. [Tailgating]
  • Here is the Stars and Stripes cap the Rays will wear tomorrow. [@RaysBaseball]
  • Alex Cobb is getting better. [TampaBay.com]
  • The instant replay system being used at Wimbledon makes baseball’s replay system look like a joke. [BI Sports]
  • That crazy Bobby Bonilla contract that has him being paid until 2035? It wasn’t nearly as bad as many seem to think. [BI Sports]
  • “Consistently inconsistent” sounds like the proper description for Josh Freeman. [JoeBucsFan]

DOWN ON THE FARM

DURHAM 6, Columbus 5 (10).

Tennessee 4, MONTGOMERY 3 (13).

CHARLOTTE. no game scheduled

Dayton @ BOWLING GREEN. postponed

Aberdeen 6, HUDSON VALLEY 2.

PRINCETON. no game scheduled

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16 Comments

  1. Allen says:

    Until last night my biggest disappointment for the year had been Jennings. He’s the replacement for CC and just has not measured up. One night does not a season make, but let’s hope our centerfielder continues to improve.

    I am now very impressed with Escobar defensively.

    My biggest surprise has been Jose Lobaton. He has won a few games for us with his feisty bat.

    Strong defense, solid pitching and timely hitting make a team lots of fun to watch, especially when its not loaded with $10M players.

  2. salter says:

    Hey Cork, on the 40-man roster page the ages of all the players are screwed up. It says Myers is 37 and Beckham is 30!

  3. Gus says:

    Given the game situation, Jennings’ unnecessary steal of 3rd I think was a way to get Cork off of his case. (He may have been out by the way).

    I think Jennings is underappreciated slightly. He has improved on all of his key offensive stats this year (except Cork’s sb category) over last while playing a more demanding position.

    Just compare him to last year’s CF (not even comparing 2013 disaster Upton, here, just the Rays version of BJ).

    2012 Upton: .278 (obp)/.454 (slg)/.752(ops)
    2013 Jennings: .322/.441/.762

    When you factor in the the huge salary savings over 2012 Upton; it is a nice upgrade.

  4. Dre says:

    While I agree that we have to put the Astros lineup into perspective, how Price pitched last night is how he should ALWAYS pitch against a Triple-A lineup. So I think it showed the first signs of our Cy Young winner.

    • Gus says:

      Nobody tracks this, but I am pretty positive Price set a record for 7 innings of pitching in terms of the actual minutes the Rays spent in the field. It was amazing how quickly (a) he worked and (b) how few pitches he threw, especially for a night with 10 strikeouts. Just full on attack mode, like watching a youth pitcher dominate an overmatched opponent.

      Reminded me of the night Pedro 1-hit the D-Rays at the Trop. Just a guy at the top of his craft against a weak opponent.

  5. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    It doesn’t matter who the opponent was in this case. Price’s pitches had really good and consistent velocity, had good crisp movement, and were consistently in the zone. Those are all great signs! The 8-11 mph between his off-speed stuff and his fastball is much more suited to K’s (and overall success) than the 4-7 mph difference he was getting pre-injury.

    When his fastball velo. was down to 90-91 early in the year his off-speed stuff was rendered ineffective, just like a right cross or hook is much more effective when you have a stinging left jab, but when you don’t use the jab it becomes easy to defend the big cross or hook, ya know, but with baseballs and whatnot.

  6. JJ says:

    With the non-roster trade deadline beginning to heat up I’d like to see the Rays land an affordable RH DH type. Roster looks tight with the exception of Fuld, SRod, Fausto and Ramos. Sammy has little trade value but the other 3 plus a minor league pitcher could be part of a package to a team that wants to upgrade middle infield or pitching.

  7. Beazy says:

    Aha CORK, wayda get some shout-outs on Rays Radio lastnight from Dave & Andy!

    • Cork Gaines says:

      Ha! I missed it. Was that when they were talking about the no-hitter?

      • Beazy says:

        No, something you tweeted about the Rays 1 n’ 4 this season when Jennings gets on on the first pitch of the game… They was saying “our friend” Cork Gaines, and something about how you (and some else) is usually on it with that kind of stuff… Good ole’ Dave and Andy…

  8. Ken says:

    Great insight dude.

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