7-31-2013 6-15-34 PMThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

Diamondbacks 7, RAYS 0 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Heck of a month. Even with the loss, the Rays went 21-5 in July the third best stretch in July since 1921. Only the 1941 Yankees and the 1945 Cubs had better records in July.

THE BAD: Just one of those nights. Offensively the Rays didn’t have it. They went 0-6 with runners in scoring position and left 9 men on base. On the mound, we had to know that Jeremy Hellickson was due for a stinker. It was the first time in 33 games that a starting pitcher failed to go at least 5 innings…My Bad. It was yesterday morning that I pointed out that it had been a long time since the Rays played a bad game. I’m not proud of that. In fact, last night’s loss was the first by more than 4 runs since June 14, a span of 41 games! It was just the 5th loss all season by at least 7 runs and it was just the 5th time all season the Rays have been shut out.

THE TELLING: It looks like Evan Longoria is cutting his own hair again (above)…Today is the first of 4 off-days in the next 2 weeks…With the $2 kids tickets last night’s attendance was a huge 25,095…The Rays fell out of first place and are now 64-44, a half-game behind the Red Sox and 5.0 games ahead of the Rangers for the second Wild Card spot.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • There is no structural damage in Matt Moore’s elbow. Andrew Friedman says both Moore and Alex Cobb may return in mid-August. [TampaBay.com]
  • Carlos Pena has been released by the Astros. [MLBTR]
  • Andrew Friedman described the trade deadline as “frenzied” and said they were looking to add depth. But ultimately, the only move they made was the Jesse Crain trade. [TBO.com]
  • The Rays are paying just $0.6 million per win this season. The Yankees are paying $2.72 million. [BI Sports]
  • A member of the Rays’ medical staff is wearing a patch for Dr. Lewis Yocum, the Angels’ team doctor for 36 years that recently passed away. [IMAGE] The patch is being worn by numerous players and staff members around the league. [Uni-Watch]
  • Sam Fuld was one of several big leaguers that did a video reciting lines from “The Sandlot.” [MLB Fan Cave]
  • The Rays’ ball boy won the night on Tuesday. [BI Sports]

DOWN ON THE FARM

DURHAM 6, Toledo 3. Matt Buschmann struck out 8 in 6 innings but gave up 3 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks. His ERA is now 3.36…Tim Beckham batted third and went 1-4…Leslie Anderson was 3-4 with a double…Vince Belnome had 2 more hits and a walk. He’s hitting .320.

MONTGOMERY 3, Mississippi 2. Jacob Thompson allowed 2 runs in 7 innings…Mikie Mahtook was 2-5 with a double. He also stole his 19th base.

CHARLOTTE @ Lakeland. postponed

BOWLING GREEN 5, Dayton 0. Dylan Floro improved to 9-2 with a 1.56 ERA with 7 shutout innings. He struck out 3 and walked 1…Justin O’Conner went 2-5 with his 11th home run.

Vermont 5, HUDSON VALLEY 2.

PRINCETON 10, Johnson City 9.

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19 Comments

  1. Ken says:

    The team gets a mulligan for last night’s performance. Stink happens to every team. 2 months to go. Get August on Rays, and start another strong month tomorrow.

  2. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    The ‘pen is looking shaky. The starters obviously can’t keep up their current torrid pace, so the fellas in the bully better get their heads straight.

    In three months the baseball world may look back at the acquisition of Crain as the fulcrum point of the Rays run to the series.

  3. mp645 says:

    Starters are starters. If the bullpen sits idle while starters play the enitre game…this is the result..”shaky bullpen”.

  4. Dave L says:

    The 1945 Cubs proceeded to go 18-13 in August and 22 and 10 in September ended up with 98 wins and Lost (of course) The WS to the Tigers at home in game 7.

    The 1941 Yanks went 21-14 in August and 13-9 in September, finished 101-53 and won the series in 5 games against Brooklyn.

    Those were some strong teams and with 8 less games to boot.

    But that was another era altogether. Its impossible to compare. I dont think people realize how many mediocre players there were back in the day.

    I am hoping for a little better than .574 ball 31-23 the rest of the way to put us at 95 wins minimum. Maybe we wont even need that to take the East.

  5. Gus says:

    I find Longoria’s foot issue curious — he was missing all kinds of time in June because of it and running poorly, then came back in July (probably after a cortizone shot to calm the area down and a few days rest) and plays every day but cannot hit much at all. The caught looking at bat with men in scoring position is a sign he needs some time off. Clear his head; bring him back Saturday.

    S-Rod may be the worst breaking ball hitter I’ve ever seen. If he is behind in the count, it is over. Needs to swing at the first pitch every time.

    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      Correction on your SRod statement that “needs to swing on the first pitch every time”… I think you meant to say “he needs to never play at all”.

      • Dave L says:

        You prefer Roberts? I think SRod has slightly better offense and has much more defensive versatility.

        I think a 2013 Rays team with Sean as the last man on the bench of a 25 man squad just before it goes to roster expansion, with Roberts as the 26th, is the strongest squad we can field and can win a WS title this year.

        He’s a necessity sometimes and he doesn’t boot the ball around no mater where you put him. He will never be a starter here and hes 28 so he is what he is.

      • OriginalTom says:

        To follow up on what Dave said, SeanRod’s OPS is actually above average for the year adjusted for park (according to Baseball-Reference and yes I know it is a small sample size) and his WAR has been positive all 4 years he has been here. He is by no means a great player, but is fine coming off the bench.

        • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

          Yeah, SRod is a slightly superior choice to Roberts, but I was speaking with tongue planted firmly in cheek. I wasn’t saying he should or shouldn’t play ahead of or behind Roberts.

          Basically, cutting through the hyperbole, I was saying in its simplest terms that I feel better when I don’t see lineups that include SRod (or Fuld or Roberts).

  6. Lane Meyer says:

    Cobb and Moore need to replace Farnsworth and Ramos with Fauberto going to the pen as the long reliever and spot starter

    • Dave L says:

      Did you post this from Oct 1 not Aug 1?

      Are you a time traveler previewing our playoff line up?

      Make it so number one!

  7. Dave L says:

    Totally off topic

    Off night

    Missing Rays baseball

    But im thinking the ARoid situation is about to reach a legal end.

    Worst case scenario for the rest of the AL East may happen VERY SOON.

    From a very cynical Rays centric perspective.

    ARoid accepts a lifetime-ish ban

    He gets a less than he is owed although still a boatload of cash from the Yanks settlement.

    Selig uses the best interests of baseball cause 11b whatever. in this settlement.

    Baseball removes the ARoid money form the luxury tax calculation based on fraud by fiat.

    Like the other enlightend AL East skipper of the O’s says, they use the money to steal the talent of Wieters………….

    Or Price?

    Think about it Rays fans

    We need to cynically root for ARoid in the aspect that his money counts against the luxury tax number of the Yanks or they free up a boatload of cash next year that NOBODY expected they would have to play with.

    Giving him the money is strictly ruled by the CBA with a union but the luxury tax stuff is a pure gentelmans agreement amongst 30 owners and the owner/commish.

  8. Gus says:

    While Buster Posey comes to the Trop, Tim Beckham toils away in AAA, missing more games last weekend for undisclosed personal reasons (after missing 50 last year for recreational drugs) . Hard not to see what might have been — and to imagine those World Series trophies of the Giants residing in the Trop.

    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      If “ifs” and “buts” were candy and nuts we’d all be fat and happy.

      Its fun to dream, but…
      You never know if the Rays would have been able to afford some of their big arms or other less expensive prospects had they been handcuffed by Posey’s long term, big money deal (the one he is signed to now is 9 year $164 million or around $18MM/yr)… after his initial MLB contract he’d have split or the Rays would have had to fire-sale their starters to keep him.

      • Gus says:

        Idiotic comment. It was a need and they went cheap and it cost them dearly

        Beckham: 0 WAR, suspended drug abuser
        Posey: 16.8 WAR, 2 world series and an MVP.

        The post-season gate alone from 2 world series runs would have paid Posey’s first 6 years as a Ray. You go cheap and it costs you sometimes. They absolutely avoided Posey in the draft for $ reasons, and blew it on Leslie Anderson, and Beckham and Pat Burrell.

        • Beth says:

          While I agree, Gus, I would like to have a moratorium on the “what if we drafted Buster Posey?” discussions. It’s long past, and we can hope there’s been a learning curve in the front office. Like the “why didn’t we protect Josh Hamilton” meme, it gets us nowhere there’s really not more to say.

        • Dave L says:

          If Posey was a no brainer, obvious future hall of famer even if you have Wieters and a Prime Johnny Bench you take him. If we were the only team who passed your arguement. would be better.

          Every team in MLB has 3x-50x as much money tied up long term wasted on bad deals worse than Burrells.

          Anderson is making less than half mil a year.

          Every other team with low budgets dream to have had the decision making of the Rays since the new management. You think our decisions were bad? Look at everyone elses in MLB.

          Let me get you another bat. That horse has been beaten to death. Keep hammering away.

        • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

          You may not agree with the comment, but idiotic it was not.

          There was no implication whatsoever that I thought they shouldn’t have signed him or that Beckham was a good signing. I simply stated that the state of the Rays would have been drastically different had they signed him. Instead of great pitchers they may have a HOF catcher, but at the end of the day the team may or may not have been better/more successful as a whole.

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