Red Sox 4, RAYS 0 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: On the plus side. The Rays are 3-3 in their last 6 games against the Red Sox. If you want another positive, consider that the Rays have the worst record in the American League and the third-worst record in baseball and we know the Rays are really good at drafts when they have a top-5 pick. So there is that.
THE BAD: An Avoidable Injury. Wil Myers went on the 15-day DL after colliding with Desmond Jennings on Saturday’s walk-off basehit. The sad thing is replay suggested that both Jennings and Myers probably could have caught the ball if the other backed off. Jennings started to back off, while Myers still went for the ball, but clearly hesitated at the last second…Evan Longoria. The Rays are on pace to be shutout 17 times, which would match the franchise record set in their inaugural season. While the offense has lots of problems, a good deal of the blame has to be placed on Longoria who should be the steady force in the lineup even when things are going bad. He is on pace for just 14 home runs, 20 doubles, and a .696 OPS. Only the doubles would not be a career low as he had just 14 in 2012 when he played just 74 games, many with a sore hamstring…Grey Unis. The Rays are now 3-7 in their grey uniforms. They are 12-7 in their alternate road navy uniforms (4 of those wins came at home). Can we just ditch the grey already and make the navy the official road uniform?
THE TELLING: Jerry Sands was called up to replace Wil Myers. Tim Beckham was moved to the 60-day DL to make room for Sands on the 40-man roster…Ali Solis was hit in the face during his first big league at bat in 2 years. The ball hit Solis in the nose after it ricocheted off of the catcher. The nose is not broken, but Joe Maddon’s comments suggested there were some concerns of a concussion…The Rays are on pace to finish 65-97, which would be their worst record since going 61-101 in Joe Maddon’s first year as manager (2006)…The Rays now have just a 10.6% chance of making the playoffs…Attendance this year is up, but only slightly, from 18,645 per game last year, to 18,692 this year. The good news is the Cleveland Indians are averaging just 14,931. So the Rays are not in last place and the national media will probably start ripping on Cleveland fans soon…Heath Bell signed a minor league deal with the Orioles.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Stuart Sternberg was at the game on Sunday and discussed the Rays struggles and hope moving forward. Can’t help but wonder if the two large fellas in Rays gear were there to provide a buffer between Stu and Red Sox fans. Either way, I do love how often Sternberg is sitting in regular seats. True baseball fan. [MLB Video]
- Rays consigliere Ken Rosenthal says the Rays could make Ben Zobrist and Matt Joyce available in trade along with David Price. However, he also notes that the Rays are a team that doesn’t typically give up on a season. [Fox Sports Video]
- Here is a fun interview with new Rays catcher Ali Solis. [The Human Side of Sports]
- Washington Post columnist who admits he never watches a full baseball game rips Tampa Bay area fans for not going to baseball games without doing any research as to why nor offering any potential solutions. Hashtag, lazy. [Washington Post]
- How good was that 2013 draft for the Bucs? [JoeBucsFan]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] The Durham Bulls extended their lead in the IL South to 4.5 games with a 4-2 win over Lehigh Valley. Enny Romero allowed 2 runs (1 earned) in 6.2 innigns with 4 Ks and 1 walk. His ERA is now 5.50. Brandon Gomes faced 5 batters in relief, striking out 4 and giving up 1 hit. Cole Figueroa had a double and 2 RBI…Catcher Luke Maile went 3-4 with his 4th home run in the Biscuits win…The Charlotte Stone Crabs were rained out.
Here is Solis being hit in the face.