USATSI_7890029_154511044_lowresThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

White Sox 9, RAYS 2 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: David Price Early. It looked like it was going to be one of those typical 7+ innings, 0 or 1 run performances by Price. In the first 5 innings he allowed just 2 baserunners and only 5 balls left the infield. But after the first 2 runs scored on Price’s throwing error in the 6th, the very next pitch was a 2-run home run. Price got rattled and it is not very often that we see Price get rattled.

THE BAD: Defense. The Rays appeared to be cruising behind David Price with a 1-0 lead and then the 6th inning happened. Specifically, 4 errors in the inning happened, the worst defensive inning in franchise history. It started with an unusual error by Ben Zobrist and included 3 errors in the first 3 batters of the inning. Just ugly…Unlucky. At the end of the day, a double-play is really just an unlucky result and the Rays had 4 of them including 2 inning-ending double-plays by Evan Longoria…#CancelLueke. Josh Lueke has given up 7 runs (6 earned) in 13.1 innings. But that is just half of this sad story. He has also inherited 7 runners and he has allowed 6 of those runners to score. His 6 inherited runners scored is tied for the Major League lead. At some point, being out of minor league options is not enough to keep a pitcher who is not helping.

THE TELLING: The forecast in Chicago is for rain all day and the chances of playing tonight’s game seem slim…Jeremy Hellickson threw off the mound for the first time since his surgery. He threw 20 pitches, all fastballs, and it reportedly went well.


  • Things got momentarily ugly between Grant Balfour and Paul Konerko on Saturday night. Balfour insists he was yelling at himself. But if you are going to act like that on the field, you have to understand that sometimes it is going to be misinterpreted. []
  • “Joe Maddon: A Model for Coaches at All Levels” [HuffingtonPost]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscoresMerrill Kelly gave up 3 runs in 6 innings, striking out 5 and walking 1. He did get touched for 2 home runs. Jerry Sands was 2-4 and hit his 6th home run of the season. In double-A, Mike Colla gave up 10 runs (just 4 earned) in 2.2 innings. The Biscuits managed just 3 hits, all singles, and just 1 walk.




  1. ken says:

    Let it rain, please let it rain.

  2. patrianakos says:


  3. Dave L says:

    Of course a rainout means.

    1) We will still have to come back to Chicago on a future off day for a 1 game series

    2) Tonite we were supposed to face the dreaded "rookie we never saw" who is our kryptonite. Although at least he's a RHP so we get to use our better lefty lineup. And Odorizzi was starting at least not Bedard

    3) We might later get a healtty Chris Sale who we missed with his DL stint.

    But rooting for rain from afar doesnt make a rainout more likely. If its gonna happen its gonna happen. But if i were God and a Rays fan I would make it stop and Play Ball!

    • ken says:

      It also means we lose 2/3 instead of 3/4. Cobb and Hellboy will be back to possibly face Sale. How many AAA pitchers does it take to show the current flaws in the line up? If I were God, and I am a Rays fan, I'd get them out of Chicago ASAP.

  4. Geoff Peterson says:

    I think we should start Lueke. Let him pitch till he allows a run and at least the Rays will know how far they have to come back. Pitching him late just makes any lead we might have disappear or any deficit get larger.

    I also don't see the downside to DFAing him. Who would possible claim him?

  5. ed williams says:

    ok question, does joe have alot of say on who stays on the team, i know he manages the players giving to him, but i wonder who is the stubborn one here is it joe or andrew or both. I know they have to do things differently, we are told that constantly, but lueke is just dreadful , there has to be someone down in the minors that can help, the last two kids they brought up did fine, sorry can't remember thier names , anyway not giving up, joe seems to pull things out of nowhere, that is why it is so hard to critisize him, lol well go rays.


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