USATSI_7959268_154511044_lowresThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

Orioles 2, RAYS 0 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Alex Cobb. The Rays are averaging just 1.82 runs scored when Cobb starts. If Cobb had enough innings to qualify, that would be the worst run support in baseball. In 9 starts this season, Cobb has just 2 wins despite a 3.48 ERA and a 3.46 FIP. That FIP would be 18th in the AL if he had enough innings to qualify.

THE BAD: Mistakes. The normally dependable, if not spectacular, Zobrist has not even been dependable this season. Zobrist started 117 games at second base last year and committed 4 errors. This year he has 48 starts at second base and has committed 6 errors. The latest was just a simple groundball that would have ended the 5th inning only to have Zobrist drop the ball trying to take the ball out of his glove. That runner would then score on a double. Then, in the 6th inning, with the score still 1-0, Evan Longoria lost track of the number of outs and broke for home on a flyball to left and was easily doubled off second base to end the inning. On top of that, the Rays managed to load the bases with no outs in the first inning and the next three batters could not hit the ball to fair territory.

THE TELLING: The Rays are 28-45, 6.5 games behind the Red Sox for 4th place in the East…The Rays have now been shutout 11 times this season, tied with the Padres for the most in baseball this season.


  • David Ortiz was not given a hit on a groundball booted by Joe Mauer in a tie game. So after the inning Ortiz started yelling up to the press box at the official scorer and giving him the thumbs down sign. [BI Sports]
  • Gary Shelton: “Sell. Sell now. Sell pretty much everyone.” []
  • John Romano writes that there will “probably [be] a little more elbow room for you at the Trop” this summer. []
  • Romano doesn’t really present any real evidence for or against the attendance going down. But here is some. [TampaBayBaseballMarket]
  • It’s behind ESPN’s paywall, but Jim Bowden has 5 trade ideas for David Price. The most important point is that the five teams are: Angels, Blue Jays, White Sox, Yankees, and Braves. Obviously the Rays would prefer to trade Price out of the division, but if the Yankees or Blue Jays offer a package that is considerably more than everybody else, the Rays will happily gut the farm of those teams. [ESPN]
  • David Price won’t be a free agent until after next season, which creates the unique situation where he could potentially be traded twice in the next year. []
  • A long story on CJ Riefenhauser’s road to the majors with the Rays. [The Human Side of Sports]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores]  Nate Karns gave up 8 runs in just 2.2 innings for Durham. Brandon Guyer went 4-4 with 2 triples and a walk…Casey Gillaspie went 1-5 with an RBI and 2 strikeouts.




  1. Adam says:

    Rough start for Gillaspie, 9 strikeouts in his first 21 at bats, against no walks. Has played 4 games so far with three 2 K games and a 3K game.

    • Skateman says:

      Of course, it's too early to conclude anything at this point about Gillaspie, but I wonder, is the talent level in A ball really that much better than college? I mean, how can a guy absolutely rake in college and then be so bad in the minors (not talking about Gillaspie here, but college busts generally)?

      It also may be that Gillaspie's pressing, trying to do too much in his first few games as a professional.

  2. Jason says:

    Zobrist has dropped a lot of balls on the transfer on double plays too. Seems to have gotten old real quick or still has some lingering issues with that thumb. seems like mediocrity is contagious on this team and we have no real leaders. Sorry price and longo but yall are not leaders. Pena, Shields, Damon are sorely missed, and before that it was Cliff Floyd and Gomes.

  3. AJNO says:

    Rays wont trade anyone this season. No one willing to deal. Price to Houston once hes a FA...

    • Geoff Peterson says:

      Price won't be a free agent until after next season. Thinking that they won't trade him is just dumb.

  4. Woodrow744 says:

    Shelton's article in the paper is idiotic. Trade, trade, trade - what are we going to get for the majority of names he's suggested…future Hall of Famers? I'm first in line to agree that we are playing sub-par, even terrible at times. But it's the baseball pundits (like Gary Shelton) who predicted the Rays were going for the brass ring this year. So, were we fooled by the "experts" who really aren't experts? You always heard national writers mention the Rays incredible pitching. After Price's Cy Young year and the departure of James Shields, has anyone felt we had a special staff? Hellickson and Moore have lots of work to get back to their brief glory.
    The brilliance of our Front Office that's been drilled into our heads by the writers and TV commentators seems to be fading, doesn't it? In fact, this is the same group that hired Jonny Damon, Luke Scott, Manny Ramirez, and signed Molina to a TWO YEAR contract over the winter. So, Friedman's more than a bit tarnished in my opinion. Perhaps he'll pull the strings on some of these trades Gary is calling for, but aside from Price, I won't hold my breath for much from the rest.

    • bbmern says:

      Totally agree with you. Shelton's article was moronic as well. I was very surprised to read what he said. Why don't we fire all the coaches and managers too, Mr. Shelton.

    • Alex says:

      Chill out there. So one bad year since 2008 and you think the Rays glory is fading?

  5. Dave L says:

    Shelton also shows why he is a sportswriter and not a businessman. You sell high and buy low. Friedman knows this fortunately.

    With virtually every player he mentioned, except for Price, in a funk right now it is the worst time to make a trade. You wait until your horse is looking his best then you pull the trigger. Its a long season and a long way till the trade deadline. There is plenty of time for guys to get on a hot streak then they will look more desirable and bring more in return. There are still alot of GM's who think they are getting what they have most recently witnessed.

    Take BJ Upton. (I know he wasnt traded but Im talking perceived value)

    Rays fans knew he was a streaky hitter and a lifetime.731 OPS in a league where an average CF is a .777

    He has a 2012 August of .824 and Sept of .902 hits the open market and the stupid Braves ignore the past think they are getting Willie Mays and make him the $75M mistake.

    There is plenty of time for trades and times where guys will look good again.

  6. Casey says:

    That Padres trade looks pretty bad. Jesse Hahn making another start tonight. I think the worst part is being stuck with Forsythe, how can someone so bad stick around for so long...but I'm sure they have a plan. It's called #1 pick...just ask Houston.

    • Rob says:

      Yep - Hahn had another very strong outing and lowered his ERA to below 2.2. He is now 2-1.

      • OriginalTom says:

        Trade is not looking good but it should be remembered the key player in the trade for the Rays is Andriese who is 6-3 with a 3.06 ERA in Durham.

  7. Geoff Peterson says:

    Shelton talking out his enormous ass as usual. He's just trying to drum up controversy where there is none. These owners know what to do and it does not involve a fire sale.


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