USATSI_7945812_154511044_lowresThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

Mariners 5, RAYS 0 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Chris Archer. In his last 5 starts (31 innings), Archer has allowed just 3 earned runs. He has also pitched at least 6 innings in each of his last 4 starts.

THE BAD: Offensive The Rays have now been shutout 8 times, which is tops in the AL and already equals their total from last season. They are also on pace to be shutout 20 times. The franchise record is 17, set in 1998…Grant Balfour. Prior to this season, The Mad Australian had never allowed 5 runs in a single appearance. This was the second time he has done it this season. What makes this one even worse is that Balfour struck out the first two batters in the 9th inning before the next 6 batters reached base. Two of the batters reached via walk. That is 20 walks for Balfour this season and he is on pace for 51. Over the last 4 seasons, Balfour averaged just 23 walks per season…Attendance. I know you guys hate it, but after this weekend’s games, the Rays are now averaging just 18,196 per game, down nearly 500 fans per game from last year (18,645). That would also be their lowest attendance since 2007 when they sold just 17,130 tickets per game. And it is going to get worst. The Rays can’t score and their games still take 3.5 hours. I sure wouldn’t blame somebody for thinking there are better ways to spend 3.5 hours + whatever amount of time it takes them to get to and from the park.

THE TELLING: The Rays have now lost 12 of 13 and still have the worst record in baseball…The 17 strikeouts for Rays batters tied the club record. It has happened 4 times previously…Brandon Guyer gets his cast off today and could begin a rehab assignment soon.


  • Joe Maddon’s goal is for the Rays to be 50-50. That would require the Rays to win 26 of their next 36 games. [SportsTalkFlorida]
  • David Schoenfield of says “The Rays are awful…You can put a fork in this club. They’re done, no longer the Rays but the Devil Rays…Which leads us to this: The Rays have to trade Price.” []
  • He is just speculating, but Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says the Rays need to get at least 3 top prospects for David Price or else they will wait until the offseason to trade him. [Boston Globe]
  • Mikie Mahtook is having a pretty decent year. I always had Mahtook pegged as a bigger Sam Fuld, but he looks better than that this season. [WDBB]
  • James Shields had a tribute to Don Zimmer on his cap on Saturday. But it was off when he pitched on Sunday. The markings are against MLB rules. [@CorkGaines]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores]




  1. Rob says:

    Schoenfield is saying what Jim said about three weeks ago.

    • Jim says:

      thank you Rob

      Like I said over two weeks ago, Grant Balfour is done in as a Ray. We should have started looking for a trade partner the day that he made the “booing fans” comments. We should have offered someone the rest of his salary for this year, and sent him on his way.

      You might remember I was mocked over and over by a couple of you guys and basically said I knew nothing about baseball. “What is there to gain by moving anyone this early?” His trade value is now greatly diminished, and now we are likely stuck with him or won’t get crap in a deal..

      We should move Price NOW, before anything else happens. His value will only go up slightly if he pitches well in the next couple of starts, and that’s not worth risking him going on the DL or shitting the bed between now and the trade deadline.

      But hey, what do I know about baseball?

  2. Jim says:

    Mr. Smith 1980…….
    Care to ask your 4th graders how “foolish” this post seems now???? We now have a $12 million middle reliever. .

    “That may be one of the most foolish posts so far this season…

    The mere suggestion of dumping Balfour and eating his salary is about the dumbest thing I’ve heard all year, and I teach 4th grade, so I hear some fairly dumb stuff.”

    • Dave L says:

      It was foolish back then in April and early May when we were 4 or 5 games back. No one trades away a franchise guy that early in the season when they are a series sweep away from first place.

      Just because your ‘knew’ we would go into a steeper decline doesn’t make you smarter just a very negative fan who thrives on the team playing bad to make your dire predictions come true.

      Every year early in the season experts come here and tell us how the Rays are going down the tubes.

      Mr Smith also tried to explain to you that the blockbuster type deals tend to happen later near the trade deadline when the contending prospect dealing team feels like they are close but need the the one final piece to put them over the top.

      Give me an example of a comparable historical trade in April or Early May from a team 4 or 5 games back. It doesn’t happen.

      It was a very foolish statement. Nothing can change that.

      • Jim says:

        cover your ass.

        it was pretty obvious that Grant didn’t have it. His numbers showed it and his attitude showed it when he got booed show it. How foolish of me for noticing it that early.

        I could have given two shits how many games we were back or what the calendar said. He wasn’t closer material.

        • Jim says:

          by your logic, it was “foolish” to cut Heath Bell so early too.

          BTW, I posted that on May 28, not April or early May, Nice try twisting the facts around to make it seem that I wasn’t 100% right on this one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Dave L says:

            You had been repeating. Trade Price since late March. Maybe you forgot.

          • Jim says:

            I didn’t forget shit, was that statement about Price? No!! it was about BALFOUR. another nice backtrack.

            Be pissed off at the FO, not me. They completely screwed the pooch this offseason. Sure our players haven’t performed up to par, and we’ve had injuries, but you can’t squander $10 million in the bullpen and expect success on our budget.

          • Dave L says:

            Advising trading Balfour less than 2 months into a 2 year contract and eating substantial parts of his salary was foolish. All ballplayers have bad stretches.

            I am not pissed off at you. We here try to have logical discussions so I am just pointing out the illogic of your suggestions. Real GM’s can’t jump on the panic button with both feet everytime a player has a slump.

          • Jim says:

            but in another post, you are completely ok with paying Heath Bell $5.5 million for putting on a uni, just to lock up another player. Talk about a risk, it’s ok to eat millions in return for a catcher that played 42 games and is already on the DL with no guarantee that he will ever live up to what we expected. WOW

            SLUMP? His numbers stink, his attitude stinks, his MRI’s stink.

            This is by far the worst offseason that this FO has had, they share the blame!!!

  3. edward williams says:

    when the rays had the big press conference to bring back balfour i was in shock, that was the big presser, don’t get wrong i was happy we brought some fire back to the team, but i just didn’t feel right about it , i remember when he was here last time good set up guy, but just not a closer. Maybe there is something here, i don’t know. Or maybe it’s like a lot of people say it’s just not our year. Can’t blame it all on one guy, (molina) lol the whole team just isn’t getting it done, including to me the coaching and management and front office. God i hope the bucs are better this year. GO RAYS

  4. Jason says:

    Unbelievable how far this team has fallen so quickly, but there is no leadership on this team. Unfortunate. Time to trade all underperforming assets Price, Joyce, Zobrist, and Escobar. DFA Molina, Balfour. And please for the love of God fire DEREK SHELTON. I don’t care that he doesn’t bat he is the hitting coach and the hitting is terrible for the past 3 years so you are the scape goat. Maddon your philosophy for hitting is terrible and needs to be changed.

    • Jim says:

      Jason, they’ll admit that they screwed up on Bell and Balfour, but there’s an easy out for the FO and Joe. “those guys just didn’t fit in” or “they didn’t live up to the numbers we had on them”/

      Yet with Shelton, they would have to admit that they were wrong the entire time. Or even worse in their eyes, it would appear that the fans and media actually knew more than they did on Shelton. SAD BUT TRUE

  5. Geoff Peterson says:

    LOL at all the armchair GMs that think you can make early season trades and get high returns or DFA guys without adding millions more to your payroll. This year is probably a wash so being patient will pay higher returns. Joe will probably need to make a move at hitting coach soon just to take the pressure off himself but as far as personnel, don’t expect a lot of moves in the short term.

    Balfour needs to take a step back and get his mojo back and since McGee has been mostly unhittable, he deserves a chance. I’m more concerned that Peralta seems to keep getting in trouble and the starters can’t seem to get on a roll.

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