Marlins 1, RAYS 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Chris Archer. Big Tree deserved a better outcome. But right now, 1 runs, 8 strikeouts, and 2 walks in 7 innings is not good enough.
THE BAD: Chris Archer. Archer deserved a better outcome and this is probably not even mentioned if the offense could score any runs. But Archer can’t walk a batter with the bases loaded when he is ahead of the batter with no balls and 2 strikes. Can’t happen…Jose Molina. Here’s a question. I know Molina has value defensively. But if he were released today, would any other team in Major League Baseball sign him to a big league contract? That doesn’t mean he isn’t of value to the Rays, a team that specializes in finding value other teams miss. But his .133 batting average would be the worst in baseball by 26 points if he had enough plate appearances to qualify. In fact, there are 20 pitchers with at least 20 plate appearances who have a better batting average than Jose Molina. The Rays are basically playing National League baseball in the American League with a near-automatic out once every nine batters.
THE TELLING: This is the 2014 Tampa Bay Rays. Can’t score runs. Pitch well enough to win, but make one lousy mistake that is magnified by the horrid offense. Get used to it…The Rays are now 23-36, 12 games behind the Blue Jays and just percentage points ahead of the Chicago Cubs for the worst record in baseball…David Price was not suspended for hitting David Ortiz and Mike Carp. However, Brandon Workman was suspended 6 games for throwing at Evan Longoria. So the final tally is: The Rays hit 3 Red Sox batters, had no ejections and no suspensions. The Red Sox did not hit any Rays players, had 4 ejections and one 6-game suspension. I’m guessing the Red Sox are pretty upset about that. But I am not going to complain.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- David Ortiz went off on David Price again. [TampaBay.com]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Nate Karns struck out 6 and walked 3 in 5 innings during the Bulls’ 5-2 win. Mikie Mahtook had an RBI-groundout. He also had a sac fly in the Bulls’ 4-run sixth inning…Ryan Brett had a single, double, triple, and 2 stolen bases. He also had a walk and is hitting .316. Richie Shaffer hit his 8th home run.
Earlier this week I wrote a column for Business Insider which led to a lengthy discussion on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike.” Part of that discussion included this surreal exchange about my name.