USATSI_7940178_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 11, RAYS 6 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Kevin Kiermaier. Maybe we should just rename this part of the Hangover “The Kevin,” because he is about the only good thing for the Rays right now. There was another home run and a double. He has started just 8 games and yet he now has 6 extra-base hits, giving him a 1.247 OPS. But maybe the best play of the game was Kiermaier chasing a ball into the right field corner, sliding to stop the ball and popping up and throwing a BB to second base to hold the runner to a single. That was a thing of beauty…Ben Zobrist. Zorilla has homered in back-to-back games. Hopefully this is a sign that he is getting back on track. In his 19 games prior to these 2 games, he was 11-73 (.151) with no home runs and a .222 OBP.

THE BAD: Big Innings and Crooked Numbers.  The Marlins scored at least 3 runs in 3 different innings. That has become the norm for the Rays as they have given up 3+ runs in an inning 38 times this season, most in the majors. Not good for a team that struggles to score 3 runs in an entire game…Jake McGee. Hopefully McGee’s performance can be chalked up to just a bad day when he didn’t have his best stuff. But it shows just how quickly his dominance can change when he loses a few MPH on his fastball.

THE TELLING: The Rays have now lost 10 straight and have been swept in 4 straight series…In addition to Conor Casey Gillaspie Gillaspie, whom the Rays drafted in the first round of the draft, they also took Cameron Varga with the 60th pick (2nd round), a 19-year-old right-handed high school pitcher who had 141 strikeouts and 6 walks in 58 ip his senior year, including a national record 33 strikeouts in a row at one point. Was committed to University of Florida as a shortstop. Is not committed to UNC. With the 72nd pick (compensation), the Rays took Brent Honeywell, a JuCo right-handed pitcher. He had 102 strikeouts and 15 walks in 83.1 innings his freshman season.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Ryan Hanigan is expected to begin a rehab assignment this weekend and will catch Jeremy Hellickson on Saturday. [TBO.com]
  • Rocco Baldelli was in the Rays’ draft War Room last night. [@RaysIndex]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores]

The Rays have a new dugout celebration.

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17 Comments

  1. Dean says:

    Cork, that’s Casey Gillaspie, Conor’s brother.

  2. Jason says:

    Not even worth posting anything anymore. I’m gonna quit just like the rays have. Score runs, can’t pitch, good pitching outing can’t score runs. Something is wrong and I think it’s a lack of leadership, Price and Longo are not the leaders the rays need them to be. Pena, Damon are sorely missed in this locker room.

    • Jason says:

      One more thing, please please please cut ties with Leuke already if I watch another HR given up by him I’m gonna watch another HR given up by him.

  3. edward williams says:

    sometimes i really wonder about the maturity of this team? I know they are young but can they really act like the pro’s they are suppose to be, uuuugh maybe im just getting old. Oh as for the leadership that starts at the top, if you are consistently told how good you are , but you are sucking , than why try, after all you are doing fine. Look i really like joe, but maybe it’s time to change philosophies or something, well still going to stick with them, i was asked the other day why i still watch , i said because i am a fan, even when they suck ,can you say devil rays. lol GO RAYS.

  4. Jim says:

    Jason,

    The leadership starts at the top. Like I’ve said before, if it’s not working then you had better be looking for a solution instead of “keep plugging away, it will eventually work itself out.” Without stellar pitching and defense, I honestly don’t know if Joe Maddon is capable of pulling this team out of a funk. His loose attitude and clubhouse breeds complacency when the team is loosing.

    also Joe, please stop with the postseason talk, at this point it’s embarrassing.
    “I still believe there’s a really good finish to the season for us,” Maddon said. “I still believe the playoffs are a possibility. I’m not just saying that, I believe that.”

    FO, make your trades, and fire Shelton. Price, Balfour, Zobrist, and Srod, should yield us a lot of pieces to this rebuilding puzzle.

    So are all of you that were jumping my shit 2 weeks ago still stuck on holding on to everyone until the end of July? I’m scared crapless that some of our likely trade candidates will wind up on the DL with some mystery oblique or quad injuries if we wait another 7 weeks.

    Hell can we sign Gillaspie today and have him hitting DH tonight? Scratch that, Fire Shelton today, then bring him up tomorrow.

    • Jim says:

      The stick horse was as juvenile of an act as I’ve ever seen in the MLB. We’ve gotten our teeth kicked in for two weeks, we just lost one of the legends of the game, so let’s ride around on a wood horse like a bunch of t-ballers because we finally made contact with the ball What a joke

  5. Jason says:

    The only thing about Maddon is I don’t know how he is with the players without cameras, maybe he does get onto them, not sure but something has to change NOW. Playoffs are a fantasy but being competitive the rest of the way through will be a huge character building exercise for these young guys. I cannot express enough at how extremely disappointed I am with Longo and Price they should be doing and saying the right things and motivating this team but unfortunately Price has given up more HR than Longo has hit. Something is missing and I think it is veteran leadership.

    • Jim says:

      according to Marc Topkin, what you see is what you get with Maddon.

      Look at who most of us consider “team leaders”, Longo and Price. Both have played ALL their games as Rays, neither have ever been in a disciplined clubhouse, and neither have ever been on a losing MLB team. They have no idea how to deal with correcting a losing attitude. Price is a big child, let’s just call it like it is. Losing Shields was a huge blow to the clubhouse. Zobrist is the only other veteran with any history, but I honestly can’t see him getting pissed.

      The leadership has to come from Maddon and the coaching. But we all know he’s to interested in his swarmy attitude, road trip dress up days, and forecasting sunny days, to step up and right the ship. Sorry but it’s all true..

      • Skateman says:

        Cobb is one of the only guys telling it like it is. When Price is gone, Cobb will be a better leader. The big disappointment is Longo…he should be the one leading them out of the abyss, but it seems like he’s checked out mentally.

  6. Dean says:

    Eno Saris of FanGraphs weighs in on what the Rays might do at the trade deadline and beyond:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-rays-as-sellers/#more-152837

  7. Dave L says:

    Its a just a bad vibe out there, man

  8. Zach says:

    I was reading R.J. Harrison’s comments on Varga and he doesn’t sound overly confident in picking him.

  9. monte says:

    You guys are right there is apparently no veteran leadership on the team. There are George Hendrick at first base and Dave Martinez, but they’re not playing the game and may not be in a position to assume leadership. Why not de Jesus and Molina, both of whom have many years in the majors? de Jesus played for the Royals and Cubs, both struggling at the time. Molina? I don’t know, he’s been with some good teams but likely has not been needed for leadership.

    You are right that Longo and Price are failing when they really should be leaders.

    Don’t forget that the Red Sox lost 10 straight. The Rays are not alone. It is possible they could get hot.

    At the same time, we have hopes for Hellickson but we do not know how effective he will be. He might be like he was before being injured when he couldn’t go through the batting order 3 times.

    I have not seen any of the games this week. I’m buried deep in the mountains of North Carolina, so all I’ve learned this week is from this blog. Nothing seems to have changed. Derek Shelton is still the hitting coach.

    • Jim says:

      Like you said, Dejesus was on the Royals and Cubs. . What can he provide on how to turn a team around? I don’t think any of the KC teams he was on were over .500

      Molina? really? An overweight catcher that doesn’t even try to get in shape in the offseason anymore, who’s batting average is less than half his bodyweight. That’s far from inspirational. “do as i say, not as i do”

      We needed Zobrist, Longo, and Price to step up. Gone are the days of Cliff Floyd yanking up BJ in the locker room.

  10. Dave L says:

    As Cork noted early in the spring, the core of this team is locked up for next year as well. So its going to be a grind and this is the group that will have to carry us this season and next. Outside of Price and Zobrist, no one has much trade value.

    I will take solace in the fact that everyone didn’t suddenly become bad all at once.

    We will still win some games from here on out, but its going to take alot to make it meaningful in September.

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