USATSI_7874771_154511044_lowresThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

Yankees 10, RAYS 2 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Big Crowd. Attendance was 28,085. That’s a huge number for a weeknight. Last year, the largest crowd for a weeknight game (non-opening day) was 25,095 against the Diamondbacks in July. Ignoring Friday games, we have to go back to a Yankees game in September, 2012 to find a bigger weeknight crowd.

THE BAD: Offensive Offense. The first run came on a passed ball, which was nice because they Rays can’t do it themselves right now. The second run came on a solo home run when the score was already 8-1. In addition, the Rays got 27 outs, and 5 of them came on 2 pitches. Hard to win games that way…Triple-play. Rays haven’t scored more than 2 runs in an inning in 10 games. They finally get a couple of runners on with no outs and Sean Rodriguez hits into a triple-play, because of course he does. Sometimes that is just how it goes…Defense. We had concerns about the outfield defense going into the game with Logan Forsythe, Brandon Guyer, and Wil Myers from left-to-right. The concern was that those three don’t have nearly the same range as when David DeJesus and Desmond Jennings are in the outfield. Sure enough, the Yankees had 4 doubles and 2 triples, with most coming in the gaps. There was at least one ball Jennings certainly would have caught and 2-3 more that would have been close. There was also whatever Guyer was doing on that one ball over his head (see below).

THE TELLING: Sean Rodriguez also hit a home run. I’m assuming there haven’t been very many games in which a player hit into a triple-play and also hit a home run…With 2 more hits last night, Evan Longoria is now 23-56 (.411) in his career against CC Sabathia…This was just the 3rd win in 11 games for the Yankees when CC Sabathia goes head-to-head with David PriceMark Teixeira is expected to come off the DL and play in Sunday’s game.


  • Major League Baseball has the third-highest average salary of all sports leagues in the world. Number 2 might surprise you. [BI Sports]
  • Joe Maddon and Derek Jeter can see each other’s houses across the Bay. []
  • Just another day at the office for Yasiel Puig. [BI Sports]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores]: Merrill Kelly struck out 6 in 6 innings, giving up just 2 hits and 2 walks. Jerry Sands drove in 2 runs with a first inning single…In Montgomery, Mike Colla struck out 8 and walked just 1 in 7 innings, allowing 2 runs. Richie Shaffer hit his 3rd home run…Outfielder Kes Carter went 2-4 for Charlotte, and is now 15-44 (.341) to start the season.

The Mad Australian is mad.

Well, at least the Trop was doing its job.

So close. Wait. No, that’s not correct.





  1. Dave L says:

    That was worse than the final Cincinnati game. Because our #1 was pitching, we were at home and we were facing a guy who the Rays always killed and now is declining.

    We are striking out at under the league average and our team BABIP is 2nd lowest to Houston in all of MLB.

    Maddon on 620 before the rainout asserted we were #1 or #2 in hard hit balls this year and the host affirmed they are #1. I dont know where that stat is located.

    This is a confluence of bad hitting and incredibly bad luck that can't be sustained.

    Its amazing we went 3 and 5 on the road trip as bad as our offense was.

    The good news is that while we are 7-9 and -16 on run differential and tied for last in the division, on this date last year we were 5-10 and minus 20 and in sole possession of last.

    • ken says:

      Anytime the Rays and Astro's are mentioned in the same sentence I get a little queasy. I wonder where our pitching staff rates in the "hard hit balls" against category. worries Rays fans, it's early.

  2. Gus says:

    The Rays have had some awful starts -- 2009, 2010 come to mind. But this feels maybe worse because nobody is hurt offensively and they look worse than ever. The starting pitching has been brutal in every start since Cobb went down.

    Guyer is quickly playing himself out of a job with his fielding (also bad angles in Baltimore). This team may be better off with Keirmayer.

    • Rob says:

      Keirmayer is a better defender and a left-handed bat off the bench. Now I see why it took Guyer so long to get here.

  3. Jason says:

    Look at the telling: Since 2010 under the tuteledge of Derek Shelton the rays have constantly sank in runs scored.

    2010: 802 (3rd rank) runs scored on 1343 hits (27th rank) (the Shelton effect begins)
    2011: 707 (15th) runs scored on 1324 hits (27th) pitchers are beginning to realize the rays just want to walk and possibly luck into a timely hit
    2012: 697 (18th) runs scored on 1293 hits (28th) see a pattern???
    2013: 700 (11th) runs scored on 1421 hits (12th)

    Let's see if we regress again in 2014.....looks like it. Either way the philosophy is not working. Swing the bat take it off your shoulder. Don't wait for the perfect pitch in the perfect scenario, choke up when you have 2 strikes. PUT THE BALL IN PLAY make their defense flash leather.

    • Dave L says:

      So you want a mediocre talent wise offensive lineup expanding thier strike zone? We are only 9th out of 15 AL teams this year in K's and 5th in walks.

      If your analysis was correct the numbers should be reversed.

      Who do you want to unleash exactly? Which hidden talent?

      • ken says:

        Dave L, what really bothers me is that you, me and most others who comment here would never have described the Rays as having "a mediocre talent wise offensive lineup" on Opening day. Shelton is not the issue here if, in fact, the line-up we thought was so promising is really this bad. I don't get it. I, like you, am a die hard fan and I'm pissed. There is a hard to define bad vibe about the beginning of this season that worries me.

    • OriginalTom says:

      Those numbers do not make it look like the Ray are regressing to me. It looks to me like the Rays went all in in 2010 than the offense dropped when they let Pena and CC walk and traded Bartlett and replaced them with Dan Johnson, Fuld, and Brignac. Since 2011 the have scored within 697-707 which looks to me like normal variance.

  4. ken says:

    Derek Shelton will not be replaced. In spite of all the evidence to the contrary, JoMa believes in Shelton, some kind of old school loyalty maybe, and will never hold him accountable. I've said this before, Maddon is stubborn. He will not yield. He makes his decisions and sticks by them. Hell, he never even feels the need to defend them.
    I thought that Gus had an interesting observation: "The starting pitching has been brutal in every start since Cobb went down." This team is shell-shocked. We lose Cobb and Moore in the first 16 games. We see Loney, Myers, DeJesus, Escobar, Rodriguez, Forsythe et. al., struggle mightily almost simultaneously with Cobb and Myers departure. Everybody is pressing, nobody is stepping up, this team needs a brawl, a couple of come-back wins and a reminder that they are a good team.

  5. Alex says:

    So Glad we continue to waste roster spots on Guyer and Lueke. Both are useless just as I stated they would be when they made the team


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