USATSI_7937822_154511044_lowresThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

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 [boxscoresNate 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.

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  1. Jim says:

    Cork,
    To answer your question, no team would pick him up. His agent scammed the Rays into believing that other teams had interest. Please explain how a immobile catcher with no arm is a defensive star. Pitch framing? Game calling? Maddon said they had stats on him that the general public didn't.

    It's even worse than the NL analogy, we don't even have a real DH. So we're playing AL ball with 7 batters, Molina, and a .240 DH with no power.

    Definition of insanity - doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results

    "we need to keep the positive attitude"
    "work the count, get to the bullpen"
    "we're eventually going to start hitting.

    How's that working out? Swing hard, swing early, be aggressive. Stop the defen

    Fire shelton.

    For all of those "the batters are the one's responsible, Shelton really doesn't deserve the blame", if that's the case and he really deserves none of the blame, then how would we miss him? If he isn't liable, then he should be easily expendable, because he sure isn't helping. If he's not part of the problem, then he's not part of the equation. Change the culture and send him packing.

    Maddon's positive attitude BS is about to splinter the locker room. Two of the team leaders have already spoken out in public. when Big Dog ask him about evan's comment, you could tell he had an issue with it, basically saying "i have no idea what he's talking about.".

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  2. starmand says:

    One word: Clearasil.

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  3. Beezy says:

    "Mama I made it!", LOL

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  4. sledge says:

    I'm betting not many people watch the Mike and Mike clip, but they should. I enjoyed that and I bet you did too. "Surreal" doesn't quite do it justice.

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  5. Kevin says:

    What article are they referring to on Mike & Mike? I usually watch the show in the morning but I guess I missed this.

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    • Cork Gaines says:

      This one where I look at how much other NBA teams are worth if the Clippers are really worth $2 billion. In it, I also wondered if the Cowboys are worth $8 billion if the Clippers are worth $2 billion. Most of the debate on Mike and Mike revolved around that point.

      http://www.businessinsider.com/nba-team-values-clippers-multiplier-2014-6

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  6. Jason says:

    So much for WS hopes this year. Shelton has to go, if not then I don't know if I can keep a positive attitude about the rays going forward. We are just pathetic and very very very hard to watch. I used to watch every rays game on TV but this year I'll tune in then end up losing interest by the 5th inning. Molina, no matter what Big Dog or Maddon or anyone in the rays front office trys to sell me about his defense he is a liability at the plate AND behind it!! He needs to be DFA

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  7. Gus says:

    I'm almost glad that Hannigan got DL'd so we can show what Molina's re-signing (and Lobaton's senseless trade) did. I've been on this topic for weeks, so I'm glad to see Cork and others are on board. (To be fair, anything that Ron Diaz has been harping on for years makes me nervous, but in this Diaz is correct -- Molina is unwatchable).

    But he's just an easy target. The inability to scratch out any offense is really remarkable. The single-season record for shutouts (since they lowered the mound in 1969) has to be in jeopardy. More than anything, they've just quit. Kind of like the Bobby Valentine Red Sox quit. Never expected that coming into the season. But if Myers is gone for most of the summer, what can we expect.

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  8. Dave L says:

    Its amazing if you compare the 2013 and 2014 Rays and Jays. Both teams had very few roster changes. When things start to spiral in a bad way its very contagious. Injuries exposed our try talent level as being razor thin. Every year some team takes an unexpected nose dive, this year its us so far.

    Still the problems stem from the injuries and the lack of production from our "best" lineup and starting pitching. The problem isn't how the backups like Molina or Forsythe aren't performing, its the very fact that they are playing way too much thats the actual problem.

    The Rays and Jays point to the fact that there is sometimes very little difference between a good team and a bad team.

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    • Gus says:

      Jose Molina played 99 games last year for a playoff team (300+ PAs). He's actually on pace to have less PAs this year. At some point, don't the rest of the players make an issue about it you may recall Moore and Cobb refusing to pitche to him late in the season).

      Last year Price and Moore missed lots of starts too.

      But I agree with you that "there is fine line between clever and stupid" (as David St. Hubbins once said). The 2% crew look pretty damn stupid right about now.

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      • Dave L says:

        Thats sort of my point, Molina only has 83 ABs so he's not killing a good team.He's just not helping an epically poorly performing team.

        Longoria is 20th in OPS amongst MLB 3rd baseman with 150 AB

        Myers is 23rd of RF at his position

        Zobrist is 19th

        Escobar is 18th and has a minus WAR

        Loney the 'Good' Ray is 21st!

        Blame the stars not the bench players is my overall point. Its them not Shelton, Molina or pig tail beard that's killing us.

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        • Gus says:

          Jennings pretty much a disaster as well in CF too.

          The Molina exercise is frustrating in that he is so much worse than his peers, and his inability to run causes so much trouble (not the least of which was never giving Hannigan a night off because they were forced to pinch hit for him in almost evey game), When the back-up catcher's shortcomings lead to your starting catcher wearing down and eventually on to the DL, that is a poorly constructed roster. That one if one Friedman. The belief that offense can be disregarded is on Friedman. Locking up journeymen like Escobar, DeJesus, Hannigan and Loney (?) is all on Friedman. They overvalued each and every one of those guys. Price, Longo, Des and Balfour -- their bad seasons are on them.

          Not sure how much Shelton or Maddon or Ted Williams hiself could do with thes hitters. They are lousy. And I think they've given up and quit.

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          • Dave L says:

            I left Jennings off the list intentionally because he was 13th. He had a good April and a bad May i think. If everybody was 13th (league average) we would be ok.

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          • OriginalTom says:

            How did the overvalue Loney, Dejesus, and Hanigan?. They are all signed to reasonable contracts. Loney has an OPS+ of 109 and Dejesus has an OPS+ of 127- both player are exceeding their career OPS+ of 106. Hanigan's OPS+ of 80 is slightly below his career mark of 89 but he has also provided great defense and has had some timely hits. Please tell me who they should have signed for the price they paid for those 3 players?

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        • Jim says:

          What is Shelton's contribution to this team?

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          • Dave L says:

            Hitting coaches are kind of irrelevant as individuals. They just reinforce the managers principles and scout and chart the pitchers. Once you are in MLB you sink or swim as a player.

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          • Jim says:

            Yes they scout and examine film on their own players. Offering tips and corrections that are supposed to improve offense. My point was what does Derek Shelton provide that another hitting coach can't? The answer is nothing.

            Derek Shelton is very expendable, is he the problem? Maybe not entirely, but he sure isn't the solution. He should be fired.

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  9. JMN says:

    2 months and 4 days until Bucs first pre-season game.

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