8-15-2013 9-05-53 PMThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

RAYS 7, Mariners 1 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Wil Myers. So, this kid is pretty good, huh? 203 plate appearances is a small sample size, but it is not so small that we can completely ignore it either. After 47 games, Myers is hitting .326 (.385 wOBA) with 9 home runs, 37 RBI and 5 stolen bases. Over a full season, those numbers translate to .326 with 31 home runs, 128 RBI and 17 steals. And yes, he has a whopping .385 average on balls in play (only 1 full-time player in MLB has a BABIP higher than .385). But when you hit the ball as hard as Myers (23% line drive rate) you are going to have a high BABIP. It will probably come down a bit over time, which means he is not a .326 hitter (duh). But he is probably a .300 hitter and is already showing us 30-35 home run power. That will likely go up a tad as he matures…Alex Cobb.  Corn Cobb is as cool as they come. We knew this before he was hit in the head with a line drive. But if ever there was a time for Cobb to be a little antsy it would be in his first start since being hit. Instead, he comes out and looked like Alex Cobb, giving up just 1 run in 5 innings with 6 strikeouts and 2 walks. Welcome back, Cobber…Evan Longoria. Is Dirtbag heating up again? In the last 2 games he is 4-8 with 2 doubles, 2 walks, and a home run.

THE BAD: Changes are Coming. Desmond Jennings is expected back early next week which means Jason Bourgeois is likely on the way out. And then Matt Moore could be back next week at some point and Brandon Gomes who must be activated this week. Will Roberto Hernandez be pushed to the bullpen? Will Chris Archer be demoted? Is Jamey Wright the reliever left without a chair? If Hernandez does go to the bullpen, a second reliever will need to be jettisoned. Complicating matters is that we are now just two weeks from September and expanded rosters. So the Rays may try to get around having to DFA anybody and instead will lean towards either demoting somebody or DL somebody with a sore left roster spot.

THE TELLING: The Rays are “hoping” Matt Moore can return to the rotation next weekend…The Rays are now 68-51, just 2 games behind the Red Sox and 3.5 games behind ahead of the Orioles for the final Wild Card spot.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • More on the Rays being visited by a 20-foot-long python. [The Heater]
  • MLB is adopting a new replay system in 2014. Here are the important details. [BI Sports]
  • After the Rays pulled the hidden ball trick on Juan Uribe, now his teammates are pranking him. [MLB Video]
  • “Mike Glennon is not ready.” [JoeBucsFan]

DOWN ON THE FARM

DURHAM 2, Gwinnett 1. Merrill Kelly allowed just 1 unearned run in 6.1 innings. He struck out 6 and walked 2…Brandon Gomes faced 6 batters striking out 1 and giving up 1 hit…Mired in a mini-slump, Tim Beckham did not play.

Jackson 10, MONTGOMERY 1. Jacob Thompson gave up 6 runs on 7 hits and 5 walks in just 3 innings…Mikie Mahtook was 1-5.

Jupiter 7, CHARLOTTE 2. Drew Vettelson  was 2-4 with a double and an RBI.

BOWLING GREEN 6, Fort Wayne 4. Jeff Ames gave up 4 runs in 7 innings…Andrew Toles was 2-5 with 2 stolen bases. He now has 54.

HUDSON VALLEY 6, Brooklyn 4.

PRINCETON @ Bluefield. suspended due to power outage

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9 Comments

  1. Michael B says:

    You need to re-check your wildcard standings. Rays are .5 games ahead of Oakland, and Baltimore is 3 games out of the last wild card spot.

  2. J 2.0 says:

    Cork, its a good thing to have so much talent on our roster that it is difficult to decide who gets demoted. I think Hernandez looks like he has a sore left roster spot for sure.

    Also, what is it with all of these rumors that the Rays are interested in Delmon Young. On paper that appears to be a good move, but this guy has an attitude and if I remember correctly said some very despariging comments in reference to tampa Bay on his way out the door. He might be a locker room killer. I hope not.

    P.S. Michael B, do not jump to point out other people’s mistakes. You are right, the Rays are .5 games ahead of Oakland. Way to go. Unfortunately that was not referenced in Cork’s article, yet 3.5 games ahead of Baltimore is referenced and correct. You are wrong. Don’t be so eager to be a douche.

  3. EvanMyers says:

    Myers passed Nick Franklin in RBI’s for 1st last night, he holds 1st in AVG already and is now 1 HR from tying, again, Franklin for HR to lead the rookie triple crown

  4. Beth says:

    Jennings and Moore coming back are the “bad?” I might have stated that differently. To me, the “bad” is that we don’t know when Moore will come back. I’m not holding my breath. Mysterious “elbow discomfort” too often turns out to be something more serious.

    But on the bright side, if he does come back, he ought be be well rested for the end of the season and hopefully postseason.

  5. EvanMyers says:

    What worries me about Moore’s return is they may take it super easy with him so they can just add him in September and speaking of, will we ever get to use Crain?

    I’m actually believing that DJ will return early next week or in better terms, in a few days

  6. Dave L says:

    Its now safe to look at the daily standings again.

    The good news is that while our WC lead evaporated during the unfortunate stretch we are still close to the Sox for the division.

    I like the Rays chances.

    I think the Rays can finesse the roster game long enough to keep everybody until expansion.

    • J 2.0 says:

      I think that is exactly what the Rays are doing with Moore. Giving him the so called anti-Strasburg treatment. They’ll need him to come back pretty soon though in case he starts off slow as usual when he returns. Either way I love the Rays chances. This is the best team they have ever had.

      • Beth says:

        I don’t agree. I think his elbow really hurts and I’m concerned about his ability to come back. I don’t think this is just a way to keep all their pitchers on the roster.

        • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

          Agreed. Moore is too important and the race is too close to be taking chances by keeping him shut-down just to avoid roster moves.

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