The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
Red Sox 6, RAYS 2 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Wil Myers. We all knew Myers could be great. But I am not sure anybody was expecting this type of hot streak so early in his career. After missing two games, Myers came back with two more hits on Tuesday. It was his 7th multi-hit game in the last 8 games and Myers is now 16 for his last 32 in those 8 games with 3 doubles, 2 home runs, and 2 walks…Evan Longoria. Longo has a modest 6-game hitting streak. During those games he has just 6 hits, but 3 of them are home runs.
THE BAD: Roberto Hernandez. The more I see the more I think Chris Archer will remain in the rotation when Alex Cobb returns. Roberto Hernandez pitches just well enough to not make the Rays worse. But unlike Archer, he does not elevate the Rays as a team. That is, Hernandez is not going to win games by himself. He is what he is. He will pitch 5-7 innings and he will give up 3-4 runs. At that point, it is up to the offense to win the game. And this offense is not that good to win a lot of games all by themselves. It’s a good offense and Joe Maddon maximizes their production. But if the Rays are serious about competing and winning this year, Archer is the guy. Maybe if the Rays were 5 games back you send Archer back down to work on some stuff. Will the Rays trade Hernandez? I’m sure the Rays will listen to offers. But unless they’re blown away with an offer, I think they’d prefer to keep him. Maddon will still want a backup starting pitcher around and at some point in September, Maddon will probably go to a 6-man rotation for a week or two…Jose Molina. With runners on first and third and Longoria shifted over by second base, Molina tried to throw out the base stealer at second base. This allowed the runner on third base to walk home.
THE TELLING: Alex Cobb had to end his rehab start after just 2 pitches because of a blister on his finger…Minor league catcher Mark Thomas has been suspended for 50 games for violating the drug policy for a 2nd time. He was hitting .151 with 4 home runs…The Rays are now 59-42, 1.5 games behind the Red Sox and 3.5 games ahead of the Rangers for the 2nd Wild Card spot.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Stuart Sternberg doesn’t expect the Rays to sell any key pieces before the trade deadline but he sounds open to adding a piece with the key phrase being “can we do things that will strengthen us this year and even as importantly, if not more so, strengthen us in the future.” [TampaBay.com]
- Monday night’s game against the Red Sox was the most-watched game on Sun Sports (8.8 rating) since Game 162 of the 2011 season.
- Rays players support the suspension of Ryan Braun. [TBO.com]
- Rays are offering $2 tickets for kids on July 31. Here are the details. [TBO.com]
- Joe will join Steve Duemig on 620 AM this afternoon at 5pm. [JoeBucsFan]
DOWN ON THE FARM…
Gwinnett 4, DURHAM 1. Jake Odorizzi allowed 4 runs (3 earned) in 4 innings. He struck out 3 and walked 1…Cole Figueroa had 2 of the Bulls’ 6 hits…Vince Belnome went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts. His average is down to .330.
Jacksonville @ MONTGOMERY. postponed
CHARLOTTE 6, Dunedin 5. Drew Vettleson had 2 hits including a double and an RBI…Richie Shaffer hit his 8th home run.
BOWLING GREEN. no game scheduled