Marlins 3, RAYS 1 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Offense. The Rays scored a run. One run. But sadly, that felt like a mini-victory…Brad Boxberger. In his last 8 appearances, Human B-Box has pitched 8.2 scoreless innings with 14 strikeouts and 1 walk. That’s pretty good. It also bodes well for the back-end of the bullpen in 2015. The Rays will likely pick up Joel Peralta’s reasonable option, and move him to 6th inning duty. If B-Box keeps this up, he will be in the 7th and 8th inning mix with Jake McGee, followed by Grant Balfour in the 9th . The Rays can live just fine with that.
THE BAD: Offense. The Rays are now on pace for 98 losses and a 4.17 ERA. Only 2 American League teams in the last 25 years have lost at least 98 games with an ERA under 4.20.
THE TELLING: Wil Myers will not need surgery on his injured wrist, but the Rays are still not sure how much time he will miss. It could be more than a month…In a surprise announcement, Jeremy Hellickson may actually be back before July…The Rays are now 23-35, 11 games behind the Blue Jays in the East and 7 games behind the Angels and Yankees in the Wild Card…The Rays have already had 11 call-ups from Durham, matching last year’s total…The Rays now have a 7.4% chance of making the playoffs according to B-Pro.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Alex Cobb had some strong comments after the game: “I’m over taking positives away from games…That obviously isn’t getting us anywhere. Maybe we need to dwell on the negatives a little bit more and stop looking at positives…I think the biggest thing right now is to quit accepting losing,” Cobb said. “I can’t stand losing and I hope nobody in this locker room will accept this. It’s up to us to turn it around. Nobody is going to come here and make some magic formula for us to fix it. We’ve all got to look at ourselves and figure it out.” [TampaBay.com]
- The Rays WAGS (Wives and Girlfriends) lost to the Marlins in their annual pregame softball battle. [TampaBay.com]
- Will the Bucs keep 2 or 3 quarterbacks on the active roster? [JoeBucsFan]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Matt Andriese continues his strong run with the Bulls, tossing 6 shutout innings with 3 Ks and a walk. In his last 5 starts, Andriese has allowed just 4 runs in 30 innings (1.20 ERA) with 23 Ks and 9 walks. Mikie Mahtook had 3 of the Bulls’ 4 hits. He is now hitting .337…Dylan Floro struck out 6 and walked none in 7.2 innings, giving up just 1 run. Ryan Brett hit his 5th home run…Charlotte won in the bottom of the 10th on Jonathan Quinonez’ walk-off double.